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‘Manch’ is a Social Entrepreneurship summit to identify impactful social enterprises. This annual event is organized by FifthEstate with support of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. The motivation behind ‘Manch’ is to create a platform to bring public, private and social enterprise sectors together. Through these partnerships, social enterprises can receive monetary, non-monetary and leadership support in order to develop and scale.

MANCH 2014 was held on 26th Nov 2014 at Yojana Bhawan, Lucknow. It was chaired by honorable Chief Secretary GoUP, Shri. Alok Ranjan and co-chaired by Principal Secretary Planning Shri. Devesh Chaturvedi, Member Planning Commission Shri Sudhir Panwar, Senior Journalist Shri Venkitesh Ramakrishnan and M.D. FifthEstate Smt. Pallavi Gupta






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Selection of the social enterprises

The participating social enterprises have been selected from the applications and project submissions collected by FifthEstate. Criteria for selection focuses on the details of the operating model, its impact on a critical social problem and its potential to scale at the state and national level. Among those selected by the FifthEstate jury, eight enterprises will be invited to present to the distinguished audience during Manch. Presenters will be chosen from the finalists in collaboration with the Planning Department, GoUP. FifthEstate’s jury comprises of eminent representatives from academic, business, private, public and media sectors. The process of selection included rounds of discussion, recommendation from prominent organizations and experts in the relevant sector and also from the responses and presentations provided in the application process.


Selected Social Enterprises


Ecozen Solutions Pvt. Ltd: Solar micro Cold Storage System

As of today, India has a deficit of 36 million tons of total installed cold storage capacity in the country. The existing cold storages are very large in scale and face the problem of utilization. Also, for the storages in semi-urban region diesel costs have lead to high operating costs, rendering projects unviable. The scale and power scenario in semi-urban and rural areas are critical challenges in creation of rural/ farm level infrastructure to store produce. As on today the 10% of produce perishes at the farm level itself, 10% during transit and 5-10% at the point of consumption. Solar micro cold storage are small scale stand alone systems which can be put up in remote areas to facilitate storage of fresh produce. Components of a Solar micro Cold Storage System are: Solar PV array, Power & Air quality controller , Cold Storage box, Refrigeration system, Backup system.Solar micro cold storage are designed to operate on DC power produced by Solar Panels. Unlike conventional cold storages, which run on grid electricity or diesel, these can run on solar also. For more information: Website: www.ecozensolutions.com Contact Email: devendragupta@ecozensolutions.com

eToilets, Eram Scientific Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

eToilet is positioned to address the large gaps in public and school sanitation prevalent in our Country. The major reasons for this ever intriguing challenge can be attributed to the following critical reasons namely, (a) the permanent lack of a dedicated system for cleaning the installed toilets, attributed to the scarcity of manpower and fund allocation and (b) the absence of a sustainable mechanism to maintain the toilets over the long run. eToilet, India’s First Electronic Public Toilet, is an unmanned, electronic public toilet unit ,which has brought in technology to the much needed and ignored sanitation segment . It uses a convergence of electronics, mobile and web technologies to provide very hygienic and clean sanitation facility throughout its operations. For more information: Website: www.eramscientific.com Contact Email: riajohn@eramscientific.com

Gyan Shala

Poor quality of school education is stopping poor children from contributing to and benefiting from India’s growth, which leads to reduced economic growth, increased economic inequalities, continued high level of poverty, and higher prospect of social unrest, such as the Naxal extremist problem, even though now India is spending on elementary education as much share of national income as advanced countries. Gyanshala provides a full package of ‘academic practices’, from curriculum design to running school classes, including preparation-supply of learning material and arranging teacher training, so that (i) a new model of running a fully accountable school system is established-demonstrated/ verified through independent assessments, (ii) ensuring that the model is scalable and capable of reaching large number of children, (iii) elementary education to large number of poor slum children, who are out-of-school, is provided in a cost-effective manner. For more information: Website: http://www.gyanshala.org Contact Email: pjain2002@yahoo.com

Leaps & Bounds

Since last twelve years we have achieved competence in the field of micro-credit activity & software solutions to that area. Our clientele includes various Banks, NGOs & Govt. Agencies. Our Software is recognized by RDD, Govt. of Maharashtra, NABARD & IFAD (International Fund for Agriculture Development) for the SHG programme monitoring & reporting.In 2010-11, working with Govt. of Maharashtra (Rural Development Department), we have successfully tested & installed the software solution for SHG database monitoring in entire State (DRDA). For that we are awarded by Govt. of Maharashtra under ‘Maharashtra IT Awards 2012’. Working with NABARD we have successfully completed National Level Pilot of ‘Tablet PC based software’ at Nandurbar District. Seeing the success NABARD has given us National Level sanction for implementation of the software system. The system is advanced, completely web based version of the software system. The best part of it is that it is in Local language & even SHGs & its Members can feed their information online from any cyber café or internet access point, or Tablet PC & get benefits of the software. Their data will be available to agency for monitoring & planning. Working with IFAD & WCD ministry we are implementing this Tablet PC based SHG software in UP & Bihar’s few districts. IFAD has recommended this software at international level for GIS based feature along with sms support to SHG members. For more information: Website: www.lnbindia.com Contact Email: bhushandere@lnbindia.com

Medha

India is facing a severe unemployability problem. A large number of youth are entering the workforce – the ‘demographic dividend’ – however few have the knowledge, skills, and attitude to succeed in today’s workplace – the ‘demographic disaster.’ While this is a global issue, it is particularly acute in India given the current demographics – more than 50% of the population is under 25 years old, resulting in over 300 million people entering the workforce in the next 20 years. The education system has failed to improve employability outcomes with only 30% of the 5 million graduates each year considered employable by industry. In the northern part of the country, the problem is particularly acute. Students primarily come from rural, low-income backgrounds and have little exposure to the workplace. At the same time, the private sector is growing. Companies are expanding into tier-two and tier-three cities in this region and need human resources. These employers face two significant challenges – finding people with the right skills, and retaining those people over the medium and long term. Medha addresses these issues and bridges the “education to employment” gap. Medha delivers a training and internship program that improves career opportunities for youth in India. For more information: Website: http://medha.org.in/ Contact Email: byomkesh.mishra@medha.org.in

Mobile Enabled Data Collection: Tata Teleservices Limited

One of the main issues that Front Line Workers(FLW) face is the excessive record maintenance. Accuracy (conversion loss between paper and digital) and timely digitization of data in appropriate formats are another set of problems. This often leads to well-intentioned but inaccurate interventions. Mobile enabled data collection, can be utilized to solve a range of problems in the public health sphere where reducing the time taken between data collections and action would enhance the quality and impact of interventions. Mobile enablement can shorten the data collection-to-action loop. By using the affordable and universally compatible SIM card found on every GSM mobile device and enabling it to capture data even outside network coverage (a reality in rural India) using the most basic usage behavior on a mobile device – punching in numbers/alphabets and analyzing it using a robust health platform, the process of capturing and acting on the data is unshackled from the constraints of technology, affordability and inertia of human behavior. Supporting this are the capabilities in technology, engineering scale and molding user behavior that Tata Teleservices has gained, as well as the partnerships that would enable a social impact project to be run effectively. For more information: Website: www.tatateleservices.com Contact Email: apu.thomas@tatatel.co.in

Panchayat Udyog Kendra Mahoba: Subah, Low cost sanitary napkin

In India approx.  200 million women have a poor understanding of menstrual hygiene practices.23% girls in India drop out of school soon after reaching puberty due to lack of awareness and unavailability of solution at hand. Only 12% of India’s 355 million menstruating women can afford to use sanitary napkins. Un-sanitized cloth, ashes and husk sand are used by 88% of women leading to more cases of urinary tract and other infections and mental, emotional and physical trauma affecting their day to day lives. Survey shows 30% of girls interviewed dropped out of school after they started menstruating.Menstrual hygiene is lowest in north and eastern India, with 83% of women saying their families could not afford sanitary napkins. Subah, low cost sanitary napkin, is a a solution can be, when implemented at the state and national level can be a solution to the above mentioned issues. For more information: Contact Email: anil.sengar2012@gmail.com

Raja Laskmeshwar Singh Society for Education Welfare and Awareness (RLS SEWA)

Providing toilet facilities in rural areas is hampered due to many reason, one being lack of sewage infrastructure, change of habits being another.This lack of toilets resulting into open defecation can create widespread health issue as it usually comes back with a bigger cost.Ecological Sanitation or ecosan  is an integrated and holistic approach to the management of human excreta, utilization of the rich nutrients in both human urine and faeces. It promotes sustainable agriculture and does not contaminate surface and groundwater sources. It conserves and preserves the most critical input for human life namely water. Ecosan toilets converts solid waste into manure and liquid waste into irrigation water. Contrary to the common perception, these toilets do not produce any foul smell and work equally well in water logged areas. It makes use of ashes or saw dust as a catalyzing agent to speed the decomposition of the waste For more information: Website: http://www.rlssewa.org/ Contact Email: rls.sewa@gmail.com, saurabhshrinet.pip.see you soon@gmail.com



Manch: Featured Social Enterprises

Featured-Social-Enterprises

Awaaz De

Awaaz De aims to bridge the communication gap in the development sector broadly. We aim to use voice as the tool of communication in order to overcome the language and literacy challenges in rural India. We aim to empower organizations to engage with communities in any language, leveraging the power of spoken voice and mobile phones. Text-based information dissemination does not overcome language and literacy challenges. These problems are especially pronounced in India, which has a wide range of spoken languages and a literacy deficit. Mobile phone usage and network penetration are widespread. Both rich and poor, literate and illiterate, urban and rural use mobile phones for voice communication. Using mobile voice allows everyone to participate and connect. Awaaz.De technology can also be configured as a data gathering tool utilizing spoken voice surveys. Clients can efficiently collect personal information, numerical/transactional data, opinions, questions, experiences and ratings using these voice surveys. Use sophisticated features such as conditional branching and skipping, and collecting voice recordings. For more information: Website: awaaz.de Contact Email: info@awaaz.de

Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation

Dismal quality of education in govt schools in terms of learning outcome. • My School My Voice: A unique platform for govt. school students to voice their concerns directly to lawmakers and legislators and build an informal monitoring mechanism around their otherwise dismal schooling system • Strengthening School Management Committees using technology intervention that can be institutionalized • Model implementation of Right to Education in Uttar Pradesh For more information: Website: www.bharatabhyudaya.org Contact Email: samina.ti@gmail.com

Ecozen Solutions Pvt. Ltd: Solar micro Cold Storage System

As of today, India has a deficit of 36 million tons of total installed cold storage capacity in the country. The existing cold storages are very large in scale and face the problem of utilization. Also, for the storages in semi-urban region diesel costs have lead to high operating costs, rendering projects unviable. The scale and power scenario in semi-urban and rural areas are critical challenges in creation of rural/ farm level infrastructure to store produce. As on today the 10% of produce perishes at the farm level itself, 10% during transit and 5-10% at the point of consumption. Solar micro cold storage are small scale stand alone systems which can be put up in remote areas to facilitate storage of fresh produce. Components of a Solar micro Cold Storage System are: Solar PV array, Power & Air quality controller , Cold Storage box, Refrigeration system, Backup system.Solar micro cold storage are designed to operate on DC power produced by Solar Panels. Unlike conventional cold storages, which run on grid electricity or diesel, these can run on solar also. For more information: Website: www.ecozensolutions.com Contact Email: devendragupta@ecozensolutions.com

Ecozen Solutions Pvt. Ltd: Solar Powered RO water purification plant

More than 97 million people have no access to clean drinking water. India loses USD 600 mn due to water borne illness. It is not possible to employ clean drinking water systems in rural areas due to lack of power. Adding to that, in most of the villages the water sources can be as far as 8 to 10 kms away from the homes of the villagers. According to UNICEF India, only about 25% of the 1.25 bn population have a clean drinking water source available in their household premises. Even if the people use submersible pumps to utilise the groundwater for drinking, it is often contaminated with various impurities. The solution we envisaged for this problem is the community based drinking water system designed to be powered by Solar energy. The idea is to use solar energy to pump water from ground and run a Reverse Osmosis purification plant to purify that water. In current practices, people underestimate or at times completely overlook the requirement of purified drinking water due to lack of access to proper solutions or lack of stable power source. For more information: Website: www.ecozensolutions.com Contact Email: devendragupta@ecozensolutions.com

eToilets, Eram Scientific Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

eToilet is positioned to address the large gaps in public and school sanitation prevalent in our Country. The major reasons for this ever intriguing challenge can be attributed to the following critical reasons namely, (a) the permanent lack of a dedicated system for cleaning the installed toilets, attributed to the scarcity of manpower and fund allocation and (b) the absence of a sustainable mechanism to maintain the toilets over the long run. eToilet, India’s First Electronic Public Toilet, is an unmanned, electronic public toilet unit ,which has brought in technology to the much needed and ignored sanitation segment . It uses a convergence of electronics, mobile and web technologies to provide very hygienic and clean sanitation facility throughout its operations. For more information: Website: www.eramscientific.com Contact Email: riajohn@eramscientific.com

Gyan Shala

Poor quality of school education is stopping poor children from contributing to and benefiting from India’s growth, which leads to reduced economic growth, increased economic inequalities, continued high level of poverty, and higher prospect of social unrest, such as the Naxal extremist problem, even though now India is spending on elementary education as much share of national income as advanced countries. Gyanshala provides a full package of ‘academic practices’, from curriculum design to running school classes, including preparation-supply of learning material and arranging teacher training, so that (i) a new model of running a fully accountable school system is established-demonstrated/ verified through independent assessments, (ii) ensuring that the model is scalable and capable of reaching large number of children, (iii) elementary education to large number of poor slum children, who are out-of-school, is provided in a cost-effective manner. For more information: Website: http://www.gyanshala.org Contact Email: pjain2002@yahoo.com

Janhit Foundation

Janhit Foundation has been promoting organic agriculture as a viable, sustainable alternative to conventional farming practices throughout the past decade. Conventional agriculture relies heavily on the input of toxic, agro-chemicals which enter the food supply, leach into water sources, harm livestock and wildlife, deplete the soil, destroy natural ecosystems, and contaminate the agricultural crop; for the benefit of which they are initially introduced. Organic production systems enriches the soil quality year on year, with Agriculture land becoming increasingly fertile. For the farmer, this increases the long-term yield, the nutrient value and potency of their crops. We work with small, marginalized farmers throughout the region with the aim of enhancing their income through a reduction in input costs and a switch to organic farming. For more information: Website: www.janhitfoundation.in Contact Email: janhitfoundation@gmail.com

Leaps & Bounds

Since last twelve years we have achieved competence in the field of micro-credit activity & software solutions to that area. Our clientele includes various Banks, NGOs & Govt. Agencies. Our Software is recognized by RDD, Govt. of Maharashtra, NABARD & IFAD (International Fund for Agriculture Development) for the SHG programme monitoring & reporting.In 2010-11, working with Govt. of Maharashtra (Rural Development Department), we have successfully tested & installed the software solution for SHG database monitoring in entire State (DRDA). For that we are awarded by Govt. of Maharashtra under ‘Maharashtra IT Awards 2012’. Working with NABARD we have successfully completed National Level Pilot of ‘Tablet PC based software’ at Nandurbar District. Seeing the success NABARD has given us National Level sanction for implementation of the software system. The system is advanced, completely web based version of the software system. The best part of it is that it is in Local language & even SHGs & its Members can feed their information online from any cyber café or internet access point, or Tablet PC & get benefits of the software. Their data will be available to agency for monitoring & planning. Working with IFAD & WCD ministry we are implementing this Tablet PC based SHG software in UP & Bihar’s few districts. IFAD has recommended this software at international level for GIS based feature along with sms support to SHG members. For more information: Website: www.lnbindia.com Contact Email: bhushandere@lnbindia.com

Medha

India is facing a severe unemployability problem. A large number of youth are entering the workforce – the ‘demographic dividend’ – however few have the knowledge, skills, and attitude to succeed in today’s workplace – the ‘demographic disaster.’ While this is a global issue, it is particularly acute in India given the current demographics – more than 50% of the population is under 25 years old, resulting in over 300 million people entering the workforce in the next 20 years. The education system has failed to improve employability outcomes with only 30% of the 5 million graduates each year considered employable by industry. In the northern part of the country, the problem is particularly acute. Students primarily come from rural, low-income backgrounds and have little exposure to the workplace. At the same time, the private sector is growing. Companies are expanding into tier-two and tier-three cities in this region and need human resources. These employers face two significant challenges – finding people with the right skills, and retaining those people over the medium and long term. Medha addresses these issues and bridges the “education to employment” gap. Medha delivers a training and internship program that improves career opportunities for youth in India. For more information: Website: http://medha.org.in/ Contact Email: byomkesh.mishra@medha.org.in

Mobile Enabled Data Collection: Tata Teleservices Limited

One of the main issues that Front Line Workers(FLW) face is the excessive record maintenance. Accuracy (conversion loss between paper and digital) and timely digitization of data in appropriate formats are another set of problems. This often leads to well-intentioned but inaccurate interventions. Mobile enabled data collection, can be utilized to solve a range of problems in the public health sphere where reducing the time taken between data collections and action would enhance the quality and impact of interventions. Mobile enablement can shorten the data collection-to-action loop. By using the affordable and universally compatible SIM card found on every GSM mobile device and enabling it to capture data even outside network coverage (a reality in rural India) using the most basic usage behavior on a mobile device – punching in numbers/alphabets and analyzing it using a robust health platform, the process of capturing and acting on the data is unshackled from the constraints of technology, affordability and inertia of human behavior. Supporting this are the capabilities in technology, engineering scale and molding user behavior that Tata Teleservices has gained, as well as the partnerships that would enable a social impact project to be run effectively. For more information: Website: www.tatateleservices.com Contact Email: apu.thomas@tatatel.co.in

Panchayat Udyog Kendra Mahoba: Subah, Low cost sanitary napkin

In India approx.  200 million women have a poor understanding of menstrual hygiene practices.23% girls in India drop out of school soon after reaching puberty due to lack of awareness and unavailability of solution at hand. Only 12% of India’s 355 million menstruating women can afford to use sanitary napkins. Un-sanitized cloth, ashes and husk sand are used by 88% of women leading to more cases of urinary tract and other infections and mental, emotional and physical trauma affecting their day to day lives. Survey shows 30% of girls interviewed dropped out of school after they started menstruating.Menstrual hygiene is lowest in north and eastern India, with 83% of women saying their families could not afford sanitary napkins. Subah, low cost sanitary napkin, is a a solution can be, when implemented at the state and national level can be a solution to the above mentioned issues. For more information: Contact Email: anil.sengar2012@gmail.com

Panchayat Udyog Kendra Mahoba: Subah, Low cost cleaning products

Sanitation and health go hand in hand. While we are taking many initiatives in contracting low cost toilets under various government schemes there arent a lot of choices available in low cost cleaning products and hand washes. The ones that are affordable are not pleasant to use or perhaps not as effective as the ones available in the market but are not affordable. Hence the non-availability of affordable cleaning products leads to the half-affective sanitation and health drives. The impact of any health initiative taken is not sustainable in the long term as low cost cleaning products are hard to find. Panchayat Udyog Kendra works on producing low cost floor cleaners, toilet cleaners, and handwash. These products are aimed at poor rural and urban population who can use these products on a daily basis to lead a clean and healthy lives.  Steps like cleaning the toilets on a regular basis, keeping a house clean and sanitized , frequently washing hands using liquid hand wash are all the means that curbs spread of harmful diseases. For more information: Contact Email: anil.sengar2012@gmail.com

Parmarth Samaj Sevi Sansthan

Bundelkhand region (Uttar Pradesh), is manifest with alarming levels of draught, hunger, malnutrition, water shortages, migration and indebtedness. Hundreds of Thousand people have migrated and several have committed suicide due to this predicament. The Parmarth Samaj Sewi Sansthan is consistently making efforts to impede this phenomenon by Natural Resource Management, Participatory Planning and Capacity Development of Community. In this Endeavour the organization has demonstrated many sustainable and successful models. The organization works for the upliftment and empowerment of vulnerable and marginalized sections of the society especially Dalit, Women and other marginalized community. Core idea of the organization believes strongly in participatory method at both levels i.e. within the organization and also with the community. The organization is currently working directly in more than 300 villages of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh part of Bundelkhand. The organization always has adopted participatory approach for extension of development work. It has achieve new dimension  of development in water sector for water harvesting and water conservation through Rival of Cahndela Tanks, Jal Saheli, Pani Panchayat and Women’s First Right to Water etc. In the field of rural development and employment generation, the organization has developed MNREGA Majdoor Union,  Trained Women Meth etc. for increase in women participation For more information: Website: www.parmarthindia.com Contact Email: sanjaysingh033@gmail.com

Poorest Area Civil Societies

To mobilize and build youth federations and develop leadership among youth as catalytic social change makers so that they may be able to lead the development process like monitoring and quality implementation of government programs and protection and advancement of human rights of marginalized communities,unemployed youth, laboring classes and women. This idea differentiate with others in terms of recognizing youths as social capital and active stakeholders of change agents. And, these youth will be nurtured collectively to develop networks of youth collective. PACS is making its efforts to develop this model working in Chandouli District of Uttar Pradesh. It works towards ensuring full implementation of government schemes and programmes, youth federation working towards gender equality at domestic & public places and address gender based discrimination and gender violence, guiding youth federation to take lead role in mobilization community to participate actively in strengthening local self institutions in planning and decision making process, leading youth groups to address the issues of unemployment through involvement, understanding, participation in skill development process. For more information: Website: pacsindia.org Contact Email: prashant@pacsindia.org

Pradan

The percentage of total irrigated land in Bundelkhand remains well below the state (UP) average, at around 42% of total sown land; it is marginally above the percentage of irrigation in MP. This average does not reflect the actual realities on ground particularly when one consider the equity issues across different class and castes of farming communities. Resource poor farming communities of smallholders (ST and SCs) are most deprived from irrigation support. Most of the water availability (Irrigation & Other use) is more dependent on Ground water, and unfavourable rainfall patterns and geological and topographical conditions make Bundelkhand a region prone to water shortages. Considering is geo-morphology, conspicuous with its a hard rock sub-stratum (often shallow and some type exposed due to erosion over centuries) with limited or inadequate ground water resources and erratic (but significant in amount) rainfall in the range of 768 to 1087 mm it is required to give more emphasis on in-situ rainwater harvesting and management to bring a positive change in the local moisture regime and in farming practices. Such has been the effort made under Sir Dirab Ji tata Trust (SDTT) supported Natural Resource Management Based livelihoods promotion program with local grassroots NGO’s of Bundelkhand supported by PRADAN as a resource Agency. For more information: Website: www.pradan.net, 30.pradan.net Contact Email: rakeshsingh@pradan.net

Raja Laskmeshwar Singh Society for Education Welfare and Awareness (RLS SEWA)

Providing toilet facilities in rural areas is hampered due to many reason, one being lack of sewage infrastructure, change of habits being another.This lack of toilets resulting into open defecation can create widespread health issue as it usually comes back with a bigger cost.Ecological Sanitation or ecosan  is an integrated and holistic approach to the management of human excreta, utilization of the rich nutrients in both human urine and faeces. It promotes sustainable agriculture and does not contaminate surface and groundwater sources. It conserves and preserves the most critical input for human life namely water. Ecosan toilets converts solid waste into manure and liquid waste into irrigation water. Contrary to the common perception, these toilets do not produce any foul smell and work equally well in water logged areas. It makes use of ashes or saw dust as a catalyzing agent to speed the decomposition of the waste For more information: Website: http://www.rlssewa.org/ Contact Email: rls.sewa@gmail.com, saurabhshrinet.pip.see you soon@gmail.com

Rang De

92.3% of India’s population has no access to credit from a formal financial institution (Source: MFI State of the Sector Report, 2011). A vast majority of the poor still depend on informal sources such as money lenders, with the result being that they soon find themselves in a debt trap from where it is difficult to escape. And while MFIs and banking institutions have taken a number of steps towards financial inclusion for all, Rang De believes that for microcredit to be an effective tool for poverty alleviation it must work for the poor by providing them loans at lower interest rates. Rang De is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to fight poverty in India by providing access to affordable, collateral free microcredit and productive resources to low income borrowers. The organization strives to achieve its mission by raising capital for loans from socially inclined individuals and corporations and by partnering with other NGOs and small MFIs working in different parts of the country. For more information: Website: www.rangde.org Contact Email: ram@rangde.org

Samagra Waste Management Pvt Ltd

Sanitation is a wicked problem because defining the problem itself is a challenge. Sanitation practices and behaviors have evolved over the years and are consequence of multiple factors. Our emphasis has been on a bottom-up approach to knowing our audience and involving them to co-create solutions designed for their needs and wants. We have found that in order to create sustainable social impact with respect to sanitation and issues we have to do 3 things: change the environment, change the behavior and build a sustainable system. Other organizations have failed to look at the sanitation problem holistically in terms of Accessibility, Affordability and Desirability (i.e aspirational value). They are still talking about toilets as a means to eradicate disease. As such they fail to engage users in the long term. Also other organizations are looking for technological solutions like monetization of waste, which has scalability issues and severe cultural consequences in Indian context. But we believe that the answer lies in Psychology and Design For more information: Website: www.samagra.co Contact Email: swapnil@samagra.co

Shramik Bharti

Shramil Bharti is working for empowerment of poor societies in various areas: • Biological Reclamation of Sodic Lands – from 2011 to 2013, Shramik Bharti worked with 938 farmers in Bilhaur tehsil of Kanpur district and reclaimed 356 hectares of sodic land. Additionally we have promoted Low External Sustainable Agriculture practices with them to reduce the cost of cultivation and dependence of farmers on market inputs. • Shramik Bharti started promotion of self-help groups in 1989. Presently we have 1212 SHGs having 19,015 members. These groups are formed their federations at block level. 4 federations in Kanpur district and 3 in Kanpur Dehat district are registered and working as community based organisations. • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene is one of the core area of work for Shramik Bharti. Shramik Bharti works on Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach on this issue. In 2013-14, Shramik Bharti improved access to water for 11,708 persons, sanitation for 19,380 persons and provided hygiene education to 30,031 persons in 150 poverty pockets in Kanpur city. • Village in U.P lack sufficient after dark access to electricity. Shramik Bharti, in partnership with TERI, New Delhi has established 101 Solar Lantern Charging Stations having 50 lanterns each. • Waqt Ki Awaaz, community radio station, is promoted by Shramik Bharti, as the community’s own medium of communication for dialogue, information sharing, knowledge sharing and citizen action for empowerment, equity and equality in October’ 2009 in village Bairi Dariyav of Maitha block in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh. Shramik Bharti has developed studio in village Bairi Dariyav, and developed basic facilities to produce and broadcast radio programs. For more information: Website: www.shramikbharti.org.in Contact Email: rakesh@shramikbharti.org.in

Tirubaa Technologies Pvt Ltd

Our affordable innovations driven digital interactive educational solutions can transform lives of poor & needy students from economically disadvantaged segment of society. Our solutions would do away with the digital divide & ensure that such children receive quality education similar to students from private schools in cities. Our Plug & Play, portable HD DLP LED Wi-Fi enabled Projector with built–in computer that operates on Android operating system & speakers that works on solar energy & is preloaded with school syllabus in English/Hindi/Marathi/Kannada. Our innovation has brought down the cost of e-Learning solution by 50% making it extremely affordable. You can start a school in a remote village where there is no electricity or internet in 10 minutes using the solar solution This solution is an extremely high performance, low maintenance solution which has been designed keeping in mind the operating conditions in rural parts of India (heat & dust) OSRAM LED Lamp with a lamp life of 50,000 hours compared to lamp life of 4,000 hours for ordinary conventional projectors. The Total Cost Of Ownership is therefore extremely low on our projectors, which are very low maintenance. We have incorporated DLP chip technology from Texas Instruments – USA in our projectors. For more information: Website: tirubaa.com Contact Email: sanjik@tirubaa.com


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