Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact
The significant impacts and socio-economic changes are as below:
a) Social Change
(i) Attitude change in community to be measured in a six point scale before and after the installation of the project.
(ii) Formation of expected number of SHU and agreement for developing a water-cooperative out of these groups.
(iii) Community preparedness for environmental or health disasters in terms of disaster management groups formed, volunteers listed and dry-run made.
(iv) Capacity building measured in terms of number of beneficiaries trained and assessment and review reports from workshops held.
(v) Change in community behavior assessed through development of keenness towards education and health of infants (especially girl child), reduction in child labour and social abuse.
b) Improvement of health & sanitation conditions
(i) Health awareness and improved sanitation conditions will be trekked through medical camps, vaccination programs, number of community sanitation units, attitude change towards use of safe drinking water etc.
(ii) Behavioral change and participatory approach of beneficiaries in community driven health programs like micro health insurance scheme, vaccination program etc.
c) Financial sustainability
(i) Bank linkage and maintenance of personal savings account.
(ii) Percentage increase in per capita income through alternate economic opportunity.
(iii) Micro finance and soft loan issuance to beneficiaries for further growth and financial sustainability.
Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing
1. Getting a low cost green technology water treatment facility for assuring better fiscal support to the women. the existing technology is little priced in context to the installation of the plant.
2. Surface water harvesting system needs to be aligned with the programme for better success. This would need convergence of resources.
Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?
Significant steps taken by my organization to facilitate the project are
1. Negotiating for a low cost solar powered technology for water treatment and mineral fortification.
2. Monitoring the TDS of the product water for health as WHO standard withought compromising with the taste as that would be a point of community rejection.
3. The actual micronutrients and levels range per litre is described below:
a. Iron:0.3 m.g/L
b. Calcium:55-65 m.g/L
c. Soduim: 200 mg/L
d. Magnesium:1.0 mg/L
e. Zinc:3.0 mg/L
f. Fluoride:1.5 mg/L
Prime concerns for rural women here are anemia, weak bone & micro-nutrient deficiency especially in lactating mothers being addressed in water following WHO guidelines, helps in raising the TDS, required value. Fluoride 1.5 mg/L, is for sugar intake is very low in community, further, this prevents dental fragility and infections.
4.Increasing SHG training activities on soft skill so that the retail chain could be sustained.
5. Developing a monitoring body to assure equity and product quality by involving local civic bodies.
6. Resource mobilization and convergence for rain water harvesting programmes along with this project.
Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible
Project would provide WHO recommended safe drinking water to cover at the minimum 15000 households and would sustain 25-60 Self Help Units through collected user fees and micro-utility service charges by a retail chain supply of potable drinking water. It would help develop awareness about health, hygiene and sanitation, mineral nutrition for mother and child and necessity of safe drinking water for the family health. The model would comprise of an SHU cooperative having around 240 members who will be covered for group micro-health insurance facility. The project would expectedly assure an alternative economic opportunity towards poverty alleviation, spread health risk of beneficiaries, and bring attitude change in the locality for better living and lifestyle. The beneficiaries will have the social assurance to settle into a normal life from a traumatic fragile condition that they suffered as environmental refugees.
If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?
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