Toilets for all
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Company started for giving shape to innovative ideas, hence the name Custom Parts Online. One may have an idea, we convert them to form, by materials and processes.
We made first BPA free feeding bottles which fetched us National award.
We supply low cost water filters which need no electricity and maintenance. Now we launched modular toilets, saying manufacture and not construct toilets!
About Your Organization
Custom Parts Online
India, TN, CHENNAI
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Name Your Entry
Toilets for all
Select the stage that best applies to your solution
Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)
How long have you been in operation?
Operating for less than a year
The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?
The data collected by various sources confirm that India has 70 crore populace defecate outside in op-en air. A serious health hazard and a social stigma. Problem - skilled masonry a rare source to make them with conventional materials plus time consumption to make a toilet is minimum 15 days.
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
The supply demand gap is so huge that unless we make factory made modular toilets and supply them from various points across the country, we cannot solve this problem. So we would try to address at least 1% of this populace which is a whopping 70 lakhs toilets!
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
We are planning to make a modular toilet using Fiber reinforced plastics, standardize the molds, materials and supplies of materials to various points in the country. We would offer free training to people who are interested to get involved in making this social change and also supply them the molds, materials from a centralized quality controlled environment and fix a brand name, ensuring all toilets made bear same quality and brand, get supplied all nooks and corners in no time.
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
As such we are planning to patent this idea as community toilets are not done in FRP and made as factory produce-able. No competition as such. Peers? Other NGOs who are fighting this menace have extended support to our cause.
This Entry is about (Issues)
What solution(s) does your initiative address to help emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive in underserved communities? (select all applicable)
Access to financing, Access to supply chains, Access to technology, Access to economic opportunity, Policy change/advocacy.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Now that the first sample is ready, the very word, "manufacture, not construct toilet' has evinced much interest from all quarters. People appreciate the idea of ready built toilets and they feel good as we plan imparting training to one and all in their localities to empower themselves as future entrepreneurs there by making wealth as well as improve sanitation in their environment
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
To start parallel vocational training centres all around the country with set up for making modular toilets would generate at least toilets the first year, multiply in 1000s every year exponentially!
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Governmental policies and quality standards. We plan to tie up with a leading governmental agency who has established centres all around the country to make manufacturing of toilets as a vocational training model. Then, we standarize the set of molds and materials, training program. Then we will launch the plan effectively so that the Government will look upon us and change their policies, backed by another leading Government agency!
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Sample product completion
Take it to the horse's mouth to the Govt sanitation departments and NGOs
Plan execution with a wider geographical reach
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Spread more manufacturing units
Create skilled work force to learn manufacturing
Ensure supply chain and quality
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world.
I am already manufacturing potable drinking water water filter without need for electricity and also renovating heritage temples using traditional materials in many villages. While traveling, the problem of toilet was lurking large, forcing us to run to a nearby city with lodging. This made me talk to them why they don't have toilets. The reply was, "It is costly". Masonry and materials rising cost needs to be solved. With various materials available in Polymer industry which can make train bodies why not toilets? I presented the idea of 'manufacturing toilets' in a recently held national seminar on toilets for which I got a standing ovation. This made me start working on modular toilets.
Tell us about your partnerships
Mr. Natarajan, the designer who is a graduate Engineer, has 30 years of experience in designing. He helps in modeling and fine tuning the modular toilets. In future he would look after production and plant. Another friend, Rajamanickam is a civil engineer who has built apartments and toilets using conventional materials. He is very excited of this idea and has promised to take care of the execution and distribution part once we shape up the company into a Pvt Limited company. At present it is my own proprietorship venture.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
Governmental policies should encourage such social models and should change policies which would enable us get raw materials without excise and sales tax, which in turn get the product done at more economical costs to benefit those in need of toilets. Te current financial support for building toilets given to rural public has too many red tap-ism,which can be avoided through single window system