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Sustainable Entrepreneurship – Bringing Clean Water and Health Care to Local Villages on the Cheap

20 Jun Posted by in Social Entrepreneurship | Comments
Sustainable Entrepreneurship – Bringing Clean Water and Health Care to Local Villages on the Cheap
 

Fast Company recently covered a great social entrepreneurship venture in India. Below are a few highlights from the article:

Agrawal’s first major project … is being tested in six rural Indian villages. The initiative installs rainwater collection systems on villagers’ rooftops along with a pipe system that pumps water to larger reservoirs. Sustainable Solutions provides some of the cash, and the villagers provide the rest. In exchange, residents can keep some of the water for themselves and get paid for sending leftovers to the reservoirs.

Sustainable Innovations’ second major project, Arogya Ghar, delivers health care to villages via a laptop-based system that serves up disease protocols. Arogya Ghar also offers medical identification cards to residents, so every time someone gets a vaccination or a checkup, the procedure is logged using the card. “It’s a poor man’s medical record,” explains Agrawal.

Local girls are trained to use the cheap Arogya Ghar laptops, which are hooked up to diagnostic devices. They travel door-to-door checking up on residents, and are paid 25 cents for each diagnostic task performed. Agrawal says that the program provides self-esteem to the girls, whose options are usually limited.

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