Rising up for change

Rising up for change

Aprajita Pandey is the Delhi Manager of Haiyya, a grassroots NGO formed to strengthen participatory democracy in urban neighbourhoods around India. A BTech graduate, Aprajita Pandey pursued to strengthen her beliefs around equity and freedom at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences with a postgraduate degree in Social Work. Her...

Soles with soul

Soles with soul

Mumbai-based couple Jay and Jyothsna Rege came across an article about upcycling spare tyres to make slippers and jumped at the opportunity. They felt it was an ideal way to not only save the environment but also introduce eco-friendly methods in the world of shoe-making. Paaduks was formed with the...

Timbaktu- where the earth meets the sky

Timbaktu- where the earth meets the sky

In 1989 Bablu Ganguly and fellow activists Mary Vattamattam and John D'Souza bought 32 acres of barren land in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, one of the driest regions in India. The Timbaktu Collective was born soon after that, with the idea of developing alternative, practical and sustainable models of development. The...

Saving lives through ingenuity

Saving lives through ingenuity

Dr. Pawankumar Patil was selected for a fellowship programme when he was a student to work in areas affecting rural communities like water management and NRGA schemes, and being a physician, Dr. Pawankumar chose to work in the health sector. Dr Pawankumar was soon exposed to the prevalence of diarrheal...

Community participation to generate electricity

Community participation to generate electricity

Yogeshwar Kumar, an IIT-Delhi alumnus of 1974 batch, has set up environment friendly micro hydroelectric plants in the hilly regions of Uttarakhand, Kargil, Ladakh, Meghalaya and some parts of Orissa with a bigger vision. Yogeshwar Kumar has engaged with rural communities to build over 15 micro-hydro plants. Constructed by villagers-turned-barefoot-engineers,...

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