Success Stories and Case Studies

Microfinance for safe drinking water-ACCESS & HUL partnership
On the occassion of World Water Day 2008, ACCESS talks about its work in using microfinance to obtain safe drinking water. iwp posted 12 years 11 months ago

Drop by drop ACCESS & HUL in Base of Pyramid Partnership for Safe Drinking Water for Rural Poor:

Yakalakshmi lives in Nekkunda village, Telengana region in Andhra Pradesh with her husband and two children. Though she has water piped to her house by the village panchayat, her entire family fell ill for a month last monsoon season by drinking water directly from the tap. "We all got high fever and severe diarrhea", she says, "we had to spend around Rs. 4000 on health care, which was very difficult for us". So when she got the opportunity this January to buy an effective water purifier through her Self Help Group (SHG) on an installment basis she was one of the first to sign up. Yakalakshmi is just one of the beneficiaries of a unique tie-up between ACCESS Development Services, a microfinance technical services non-profit organization, and Hindustan Unilever Limited, one of the country's largest producers of fast-moving consumer goods, to provide safe drinking water to rural poor. "Most of these villages have piped water or boreholes", says Padma, Project Coordinator at a local NGO, PEACE, "the problem is that tests by UNICEF in this district show that up to 70 percent of these sources are contaminated."The contamination gets even worse during the rainy season, especially due to poor sanitation and waste-management practices.

Vijayawada Municipality : Subsidising individual piped water connections to the urban poor
Vijayawada Municipality : Subsidising individual piped water connections to the urban poor iwp posted 13 years ago

In Vijaywada a determined effort has been made by the municipality to subsidize individual connection charge for the poor and break this entry barrier which prevents them from accessing piped water. An explanation of the details of the project. Should this be the approach for ensuring water for all?

H2S Strip test and SODIS for testing water purity
H2S Strip test and SODIS for testing water purity iwp posted 13 years 1 month ago

 

Two simple technologies for water purity:

"Bringing Home rain" : A film on rainwater harvesting in Kannada and Tamil
"Bringing Home rain" : A film on rainwater harvesting in Kannada and Tamil iwp posted 13 years 1 month ago

 

Water recharging around water source in Etawah, UP
Water recharging around water source in Etawah, UP iwp posted 13 years 2 months ago

This is a photograph of water recharging done around a water source (like borewell). This is being implemented in some primary schools of the area.

Cloud seeding for increasing rainfall
WATER SCARCITY CAN BE AVOIDED BY CLOUD SEEDING THAT INCREASES ANNUAL RAINFALL BY ABOUT 25% iwp posted 13 years 3 months ago

Due to the heat from the Sun the water in the rivers, lakes and Oceans becomes water vapour. As this hot moist air rises into the sky the temperature gets reduced at 7oC per km height in the sky.

Saving mangrove forests in Kerala
The work of some committed amateur naturalists in Kerala- a story from Good News India iwp posted 13 years 6 months ago

Visit to two villages in Chhattisgarh that have been awarded "Nirmal Gram Puraskar"
Efforts of villagers for total sanitation in Tirathgarh village of Bastar district and Dabena village of Bilaspur district bag "Nirmal Gram Puraskar" to the two villages iwp posted 13 years 7 months ago

Just back from a trip home (Chhattisgarh).