Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
We are designing a sewage recycling unit for a community sanitation block in a dense slum of Mumbai. It serves 1600 people daily with sanitation and social amenities. Working women, men and children who don’t have toilets in home get access to these services here, and can easily avoid the stigma of open defecation. The facility has 24 toilet seats separated for male and females, along with provision of urinals and few bathrooms. A team of community women run commercial initiatives in the form of making handicrafts, milling flour and teaching, from this block. Regular society events are also organised here, and thus it has become a meeting place for the residents. We envision this block to meet 80% of its water needs from sewage recycling.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
A WHO study concluded that every dollar invested in sanitation reaps benefits of $9. These benefits are quantified in terms of health care costs saved, productive hours gained, increased number of days for going to school among other advantages. Due to rampant open defecation in developing countries, it leads to severe societal and environmental implications. Millions of lives are lost due to contamination in water. In fact water risks are ranked in top 10 by World Economic Forum, as risks that face the world. Most of the sewage is discharged into river bodies without proper treatment, which causes damage to marine life as well as exposes human population to vulnerabilities.
The project will enable urban slum populations to get access to sanitary provisions along with affordable water, in order to curtail open defecation. Alongside the project will help enhance the metabolism of cities
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
We want to reach 100 million urban slum residents by 2035 and roughly 100000 in the next 10 years. We will be focusing on innovating and improving our products & services, while identifying channel partners through which the solutions will be implemented in individual countries. In the next 5 years we will be installing demo projects in 3-5 slum locations (different locations characterised by culture, geography as well as climate), for learning and improvising. By the end of 5 years we will begin the global roll-out.