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Amritha Subramanian and I are Columbia University graduate students and we are raising money to set up our social venture, Sarvada, aimed at introducing source-separation of household waste into the existing Indian waste management system. More ...

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Amritha Subramanian and I are Columbia University graduate students and we are raising money to launch our socially minded business, Sarvada, which will introduce source-separation of household waste into the existing Indian waste management system.

If segregated properly, the average household waste can earn up to $50 annually - to put things into perspective, the per capita annual income of India is $1500.

Apart from the obvious financial boost, proper waste management can result in cleaner streets and elevated living conditions.

Our operational plan is simple :

Step 1 : Get households to separate their waste into recyclables, organics and inerts.

Step 2 : Process the separated waste - recyclables go to recycling facilities, organics get vermi-composted, inerts go to landfills.

Step 3 : Share a portion of the revenue that comes from recycling and compost sale with the households, thereby giving them a financial incentive to participate in the program. And yes, this keeps us financially sustainable as well!

This December, we are launching our pilot on a small scale in Kanchipuram, which is a small city in the southern part of India. We have estimated our setup and operational expenses to be about $2,000. We are planning to sign up 50 households and run the whole operational process end-to-end.

We invite you to be a part of this campaign and any financial help you can provide will go a long way in realizing our dream of cleaning our India.

Lets do it together and give our children a clean, green India!

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