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Laxmi college of optometry


Location : Maharashtra

Partner Since : 07-08-2013

Founder : Dr Suhas Haldipurkar

About Laxmi college of optometry

The idea of a charitable trust was born out of the necessity of providing quality eye care to sections of the rural population who don’t have access to any primary eye care facility & who have to travel long distances out of their villages to consult even a primary eye care provider-leave alone an ophthalmologist.
In the backdrop of this situation, the concept of Laxmi Charitable Trust was established in the year 1999 by Dr. Suhas Haldipurkar & Mrs. Jayanti Haldipurkar to provide comprehensive, affordable and quality eye care services to the most needy – at their doorsteps, to start a world class Eye Bank, to educate Ophthalmologists in modern surgical techniques in Ophthalmology, to train and prepare paramedical workers in eye care so that they would be of assistance to eye surgeons involved in community eye services and to help the country in its march towards achieving the goal of "Vision 2020".
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Calm and shy by nature, Geeta learned about the optometry course in the Laxmi College of optometry from her friend Swapnali. Friends and classmates, both the girls are now in their final year of B.Sc in Optometry. Geeta belongs to a small village in the Raigad district. Her father is a contract labourer and does welding work while her mother is a house wife. Also keen about optometry, Geeta's brother is doing his Diploma is Optometry. He works part time to support his education.

With a decent score in her 12th getting admission into an Engineering college in Pune was not difficult for Geeta. However, her family's financial constraints kept her from joining the same. While she was on the lookout for a good college and a course that would interest her, she came to know about Laxmi College of Optometry through her childhood friend. Finding the course interesting and the fees much lower than an engineering college, Geeta joined it. Arranging for the fees initially was still a challenge due to which Geeta had to join a month later than her fellow mates. Taking into consideration her academics and her financial condition, Laxmi College recommended her to Rang De for an education loan.

She finds the instalments very convenient and easy to pay and says that without Rang De’s support she would not have been able to pursue her graduation. Going further she plans on pursuing higher studies and continue to research in the same field.

Evaluated By : Shital Pawar

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Swapnali is final year student from Laxmi College of Optometry, Panvel. She comes from a small village in Raigad District. Her father is a contract worker at a construction site and mother is a housewife. Among their 4 daughters, Swapnali is the youngest. After having passed her 12th with distinction she decided to take up a course in the field of medicine, something that would hold her interest. Initially, she opted for a B.Sc. in Microbiology, but then chose B.Sc. in Optometry over that. She had a very keen interest in the human anatomy which helped her pick the latter. Paying close to Rs.2500 for the hostel fees every month, apart from the college fees, was becoming difficult for Swapnali with every passing day. Considering her financial condition, she was recommended by Laxmi College to Rang De for an education loan. She has successfully completed 3 years of her college and is working on her final year's Internship program. She has joined an eye hospital in Ratnagiri for the same and is doing well. Being a great performer all through her college, she has topped this year. Keeping her performance further consistent, as a co-curricular, she has got an opportunity to present a paper on "Contact Lenses" (Swapnali's favourite topic in the course) at an international conference that will be held in Chennai sometime in August.

Evaluated By : Shital Pawar

Partnership Summary

Total No. of Loans 10
Total amount disbursed Rs.450,000
Expected repayment so far Rs.448,009
Amount repaid Rs.320,403
Amount delayed Rs.127,606
Amount defaulted Rs.0

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