Prarthana Vishal

Microcredit for sanitation: A quiet revolution
A unique microcredit project funded by UNICEF in Erode, Tamil Nadu in which members of self-help groups borrow money from their federation to build toilets in their homes. Prarthana Vishal posted 6 years 5 months ago

This paper documents one of the unique microcredit projects of UNICEF in three blocks of Erode district in Tamil Nadu. MYRADA, an NGO, has supported the formation of federations that use the fund from UNICEF not as a grant but as a revolving fund for constructing toilets in the houses of the federation members. 

Micro credit for sanitation
Commonly erected structures for soil and water conservation: Experiences of MYRADA
This booklet by MYRADA- KVK describes some of the commonly erected watershed structures. Prarthana Vishal posted 6 years 5 months ago

The first step to sustainable agriculture is soil and water conservation. Drylands are more prone to erosion since they are devoid of vegetative cover for longer periods of time. 

Structures for soil and water conservation
31% of Bangalore's groundwater not drinkable
Garbage dumping in lakes has upped nitrate levels and also caused a decline in groundwater quality. While urbanisation is the main cause, civic agencies failure and citizens apathy are also to blame. Prarthana Vishal posted 6 years 5 months ago

"Growing garbage menace ups nitrate content in lakes", said a recent headline in the Deccan Herald that highlighted a study conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on illegal dumping sites situated near water bodies in Bangalore.

Lakes or dumping place for the construction debris
If you don't clean our shit, then who will?
Manual scavenging continues to exist in India even 67 years after Independence. Is it due to the lack of laws, lack of alternatives or lack of will? Prarthana Vishal posted 6 years 11 months ago

"Swaraj is a meaningless term, if we desire to keep a fifth of India under perpetual subjection, and deliberately deny to them the fruits of national culture". - Mahatma Gandhi

A manual scavenger at work (Source:Flickr Commons)
Biodiversity informatics in India - A bird's eye view
Prarthana Vishal writes of a recent workshop in Bangalore that highlighted the initiatives by the government and research community to map India's biodiversity resources Prarthana Vishal posted 7 years 9 months ago

Biodiversity information management using informatics techniques began in 1970s and since then there have been several initiatives by taxonomists, researchers and curators across the world.