Project Virasat- an initiative in the craft sector : Enactus SRCC

1. Project Asbah- an initiative in the water sector

WHAT DO WE DO?

Project Asbah: Every drop, a promise, aims at providing clean drinking water to rural households and urban slums at highly affordable rates. Under this project, we set up contaminant specific filtration mechanism. We set up community Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants where there is chemical contamination and UV filtration plants where there is bacterial contamination. Through our 1,000 LPH water treatment plants, we provide 20 litres of clean drinking water for a meagre amount of 4 rupees.

WHAT HAVE WE DONE SO FAR?

We commenced our project in April 2018 and until now we have successfully set up 4 RO plants (Lalbagh, kabir nagar, chowki No 4. And dhobi Ghat) catering to more than 11200 people everyday. Additionally, to minimize water wastage, the non-consumable water generated through our RO plants isrouted to nearby toilet complexes and recharge wells. Project Asbah collaborates with local NGOs for on ground support and handling day to day operations of RO plants. To promote local ownership and entrepreneurship, two women entrepreneurs are employed for every plant set up who are paid monthly salaries for their services. Project Asbah has been applauded by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Former President Pranab Mukherjee and Ministry of Drinking Water and sanitation, Government of India. The project has also been recognized at World Water Race competition held at Silicon Valley, USA.

4 RO plants here
(Lalbagh, Kabir Nagar, Chowki No.4 and Dhobi Ghat) catering to more than 11,200 people everyday

.Additionally, to minimize water wastage, the non-consumable water generated through our RO plants isrouted to nearby toilet complexes and recharge wells. Project Asbah collaborates with local NGOs for on ground support and handling day to day operations of RO plants. To promote local ownership and entrepreneurship, two women entrepreneurs are employed for every plant set up who are paid monthly salaries for their services. Project Asbah has been applauded by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Former President Pranab Mukherjee and Ministry of Drinking Water and sanitation, Government of India. The project has also been recognized at World Water Race competition held at Silicon Valley, USA.

2. Project Virasat: An initiative in the craft sector 

WHAT DO WE DO?

Project Virasat​: Moulding the vessels of hope, aims at​ reviving the dying craft form​ of the ​ Thatheras of Jandiala Guru​, Punjab who make copper and brass utensils. The unique craft form had been listed in the U​ NESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage​ 2014. And with our continuous efforts the craft form was relisted in 2017. We did this by unifying them, providing them access to organised credit, modifying the design as per the contemporary needs and linking them to better demand avenues.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE SO FAR?

Project Virasat was launched on 27th May in an event attended by the Minister of Tourism Punjab Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu,​ D​ C Amritsar Kamaldeep Singh Sangha​ and other dignitaries in Jandiala Guru. We organised the Thatheras into an SHG known as ​P-TAL or the P​ unjabi Thathera Art Legacy​. Under this brand we participated in various ​exhibitions​ like I​ndia International Trade Fair, Jaipur Literature Festival​ and many more. In addition to this we also have P-TAL products displayed in​ retail outlets​ at Delhi (Khan Market), Gurgaon, Chandigarh​ and Amritsar​. Our products are also sold through our website and through a few third party niche websites such as Lal10 and Souvnear. Through these demand avenues we help the Thatheras secure an income and at the same time promote the craft.

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