Vol 8 Issue 51, Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 21, 2017.

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  • Habitual innovator

    Habitual innovator

    Co-founder of Aakar Innovations, Jaydeep Mandal, who has developed a low-cost sanitary napkin machine, is a born innovator. In school, he designed a water-lifting device used in irrigation. But his best is the new machine, says Roohi Sehgal
      Posted      Vol 4 Issue 44
  • Ragtag initiative

    Ragtag initiative

    A Delhi-based couple is upcycling plastic waste by teaming up with rag pickers, improving the lifestyle of those at the bottom of the pyramid. Kavita Kanan Chandra spoke to the Ahujas and rag pickers associated with the NGO, Conserve India
      Posted      Vol 4 Issue 25
  •  Disaster loo

    Disaster loo

    Sanitation is the last thing crisis managers provide to people displaced from homes by disasters. Now a former banker, Promita Sengupta , has come up with a quickly deployable toilet that has come handy for NGOs, says Kavita Kanan Chandra
      Posted      Vol 4 Issue 19
  • Rural tours

    Rural tours

    Village Ways, launched by Manisha and Himanshu Pande on the principle of responsible tourism, helps urbanites have a real feel of rural life. Not a ‘home stay’ kind, the enterprise ropes in the locals as partners, says Kavita Kanan Chandra
      Posted      Vol 4 Issue 17
  • Whirring for poor

    Whirring for poor

    A grassroots innovator, Dharamveer Kamboj, has changed the lives of people from the barren land of Rajasthan to the dense forest of Nagaland by designing a food processor. Kavita Kanan Chandra explains how it works well for women and tribes
      Posted      Vol 4 Issue 14
  • Clothing the poor

    Clothing the poor

    Identifying clothing as a basic necessity after food and shelter, a journalist couple, Anshu Gupta and Meenakshi, started a social venture, Goonj, providing ‘Cloth for Work’. Then they did more, reaching parts of 21 states, says Roohi Seghal
      Posted      Vol 4 Issue 12
  • Dung papers

    Dung papers

    A father-daughter duo is turning rhinoceros dung into paper, which in turn has turned out to be an economically lucrative venture. Kavita Kanan Chandra explains how Elrhino, the micro-enterprise, will also help in wildlife conservation
      Posted      Vol 4 Issue 11
  • Eco is also economy

    Eco is also economy

    For Ishita Khanna, ecology and economy are two sides of the same coin. Wowed by the Himalayas, she has been helping the rural people of Spiti in Himachal find a livelihood even as they protect the fragile ecosystem, says Kavita Kanan Chandra
      Posted      Vol 4 Issue 8
  • Changing hunters

    Changing hunters

    Erstwhile hunters of Ranthambore have turned a new leaf, thanks to a former nutritionist, Divya Khandal, whose project, Dhonk, has enabled Mogiya tribes and others around the tiger reserve do better with alternative skills, says Akash Bisht
      Posted      Vol 4 Issue 5
  • Devoted to nature

    Devoted to nature

    Mazhar Asif Ebrahim is a lucky man. For, his passion is also his profession. Kavita Kanan Chandra treks with the founder of Nature Knights that organises adventure events for nature lovers
      Posted      Vol 1 Issue 15
  • Ragtag initiative

    Ragtag initiative

    A Delhi-based couple is upcycling plastic waste by teaming up with rag pickers, improving the lifestyle of those at the bottom of the pyramid. Kavita Kanan Chandra spoke to the Ahujas and rag pickers associated with the NGO, Conserve India
      Posted      Vol 4 Issue 25
  • Green power

    Green power

    A believer in democratisation of power, Anupam Jalote, who gave up an MNC job in 2008, is now set to launch his plant that will generate electricity with locally available biomass and organic waste. Akash Bisht meets the man with a mission
      Posted      Vol 4 Issue 22
  • Cycling pad

    Cycling pad

    An Auroville resident, Kathy Walkling, feels that women should switch over to washable sanitary napkins. She tells P C Vinoj Kumar about the cloth pads that she makes and their overall benefit for the user, the environment and the economy
      Posted      Vol 4 Issue 21
  • Clothing the poor

    Clothing the poor

    Identifying clothing as a basic necessity after food and shelter, a journalist couple, Anshu Gupta and Meenakshi, started a social venture, Goonj, providing ‘Cloth for Work’. Then they did more, reaching parts of 21 states, says Roohi Seghal
      Posted      Vol 4 Issue 12
  • Beyond power

    Beyond power

    IITian Yogeshwar Kumar, who has set up micro-hydroelectric plants in neglected hilly villages, looks beyond rural household lighting. His community-run power stations also operate rural enterprises like flour mills, says Kavita Kanan Chandra
      Posted      Vol 3 Issue 39
  • Profit with a heart

    Profit with a heart

    Indian business has changed as a new breed of entrepreneurs with social objectives have arrived. Madhusree Chatterjee tracks the emerging trend and finds out what makes a social entrepreneur
      Posted      Vol 2 Issue 31
  • Learned vendor

    Learned vendor

    An IIM graduate selling vegetables on the streets not only gives dignity to the profession of agriculture but lures educated youth to the trade. Kavita Kanan Chandra meets Kaushlendra Kumar
      Posted      Vol 2 Issue 26
  • Connecting villages

    Connecting villages

    Equipping 28,000 villages with computers is the aim of a self-made man, who is building a rural database for the use of big corporations. R Savitha meets Pradeep Lokhande of Rural Relations
      Posted      Vol 1 Issue 15
  • Let there be light

    Let there be light

    A triumvirate from Kolkata brings light to the lives of villagers through an innovative project with a hope that it will lead to their uplift. Lesley D Biswas illuminates us on the mission
      Posted      Vol 1 Issue 13
  • Nurturing leaders

    Nurturing leaders

    We want to change the world. This is how Nisha Agrawal, head of Oxfam India, sums up the plans of her charitable organisation with an annual budget of Rs 100 crore. Partho Burman meets her
      Posted      Vol 1 Issue 14
  • A bumpy ride

    A bumpy ride

    Watching the ordeals of rickshaw pullers in Varanasi, as a boy, Naveen Krishna embarked on a mission to help the pullers come out of the grip of mafia-styled vehicle owners. Though he succeeded, the ride was a bumpy one, says Akash Bisht
      Posted      Vol 3 Issue 50
  • Sound couriers

    Sound couriers

    A fellow traveller in a bus opened the ears of Dhruv Lakra to the silent cries of the deaf, prompting him to employ poor, hearing impaired boys and girls in his company. Kavita Kanan Chandra visits the office of ‘Mirakle Couriers’ in Mumbai
      Posted      Vol 2 Issue 50
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