Swayamsiddha Mahila Utkarsha Foundation
Women in rural areas often spend a lot of time and energy in going to fetch water, which can cause them physical ailments and which restricts them from engaging in other productive activities. Moreover, the water available at common locations is often contaminated.
Project Jaldoot provides access to safe drinking water at affordable price to rural population. We promote both entrepreneurship and employment for women under this project as they are the primary focus for this project. Our innovative concept is establishing sustainable model of safe drinking water supply at the doorstep of every household in villages, thereby nullifying the need of fetching water by women from distant source. Our vehicle mounted purifier is powered by a patented technology that transforms vehicle engine power for suitable specification, thereby offloading need of AC electricity which is scarce in villages.
Scalability and Impact:
The project has created an impact by Checking on water borne diseases and subsequent reduction in medicinal expenses, reducing morbidity and mortality due to water borne diseases and by creation of additional avenues for employment and entrepreneurship in villages. At present we have 15 mobile vehicle mounted units and 7 stationary units with RO technology, auto-dispensing cards and water ATM cards. In the next 5 years, we want to install at least 500 stationary RO units in villages across Maharashtra. Additionally, in areas in remote places (especially tribal areas) with low population density, we envision to operate with at least 100 mobile Jaldoot units.
Awards and Recognition:
2013: Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Agriculture (MCCIA)‟s Special Jury award‟ for Women Entrepreneurship 2014: Millennium Alliance Award for Social Innovation and sustainable business model offered by USAID and FICCI