The lack of socio-economic development in the rural areas costs the country billions of dollars every year. In alignment with the larger objective of rural development, Project Kashti seeks to tap the prevalent issues in rural areas by its 6 segment approach, namely, Skill Development, Water Filtration, Waste Management, Sanitation, Smart Education, and Improved Agriculture Practices. It has generated 144 entrepreneurs, and has helped the communities in utilizing their latent potential, providing them equal opportunities, and encouraging them to be the pioneers of the growth of our country.Our vision is to create self-sustainable smart villages and bring a positive change to the lives of the villagers in India. The ultimate aim is to develop a flexible business model, providing additional segments as required by a particular territory.

Our vision is to create self-sustainable smart villages and bring a positive change to the lives of the villagers in India. The ultimate aim is to develop a flexible business model, providing additional segments as required by a particular territory.

Kashti follows a segment-wise approach aimed towards the holistic development of rural areas which includes –

1.) Skill development – Under this, job-oriented skills are identified according to need assessment surveys and villagers are accordingly trained in various vocational courses, enabling them to be financially independent.

2.) Water filtration – RO Plants are set up to treat high TDS levels and portable water filters are provided to equip households with purified drinking water at a subsidized cost, at the same time creating jobs for the distributors.

3.) Waste management – 2 types of dustbins are provided to each household. Waste is regularly collected and recycled in a plant, set up on the outskirts of the village. Farmers are provided manure at cheaper rates.

4.) Sanitation – A unique liquid hand-wash manufacturing process has been devised and the handwashes are manufactured by rural women giving them an additional source of livelihood and, at the same time, promoting hygiene practices in the village.

5.) Smart Education- Public libraries & cyber cafes are set up, which are maintained by 2 entrepreneurs. The libraries provide access to a variety of books while the cyber cafes function as training centres, enabling the youth to learn essential technical skills for a minimal monthly fee.

6.) Improved Agricultural Practices- An innovative Micro Sprinkler Irrigation System was introduced to help farmers substantially reduce their costs and increase their yield.

It collects over 90% of the waste from the water passing through it. PLEX, enables the exchange of dry waste from households for monetary and non-monetary incentives. It is run by entrepreneurs who weigh & attach value to the waste, used by locals, creating a circular economy model.

The waste collected from the 2 models is segregated & sold to recycling partners for processing into innovative by-products. The money generated forms the income of the entrepreneurs.

When?

December 2018

Where?

Kukrola Village of Manesar, Haryana, India

Asalwas Village, Haryan, India

Chharba Village, Dehradun, Uttrakhand

Impact

3 Territories

Villagers Benefitted – 5700+

Lives Impacted : 500000

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