Six of the ten most polluted cities of the world are situated in India.
Baffled by this devastating predicament, the student leaders of Enactus Hansraj in the year 2019 set up Project Vriddhi with an unflinching zeal to tackle the ever-growing problem of air pollution and its detrimental impact on health. Ideated and conceptualized for the upliftment of the underprivileged sections of the society, it is now a social enterprise that endeavors to mitigate the widely prevalent issue of stubble burning by putting it to alternative, commercially viable uses under each of its four verticals namely Tabdeel (stubble to mushrooms), Shilpkaari (stubble to handicrafts), Nirmaan (stubble to washrooms), and ReStove (stubble to biogas).
Project Vriddhi in the entirety of its four verticals intends to accomplish one essential objective of preventing air pollution. We venture to achieve this by optimising the amount of stubble burning through the empowerment of farmers and other communities to convert the futile stubble into a diverse range of useful products.
Through the means of our project, we have impacted several communities at large and worked relentlessly to transform them into self-sustainable entrepreneurs.
We, at Vriddhi, envision a brighter, clearer and greener future by converting stubble into opportunities.
The first vertical under Project Vriddhi named Tabdeel is concerned with the utilization of stubble for mushroom cultivation, while in turn financially uplifting farmers.
Under Tabdeel we’ve sensitized a stupendous number of farmers on the drawbacks of stubble burning, collaborated with reputed government agencies like HAIC and PAU to train our farmers in mushroom cultivation, and organized them into an FPO to prevent exploitation from middlemen and make them the beneficiaries of collective bargaining.
Shilpkari is an initiative under the realms of Project Vriddhi, a venture designed to curb crop residue burning. It aims to revive the handicrafts industry, by developing utility and aesthetic products out of processed crop residue, while also empowering women in need.
We have collaborated with an IIT-Delhi-based startup named Kriya Labs, which provided required technical assistance to convert stubble into pulp and then into paper-like sheets. This led to the production of exemplary handicrafts and biodegradable cutlery by our women entrepreneurs in a leading NGO.
In line with the unwavering ideals of Project Vriddhi, we have devised a method to construct eco-friendly yet cost-effective washrooms using compressed and tenacious stubble boards to tackle the problem of open defecation and lack of accessibility to clean public washrooms.
We are humbled to announce that the first washroom under this vertical has already been established back in 2019 in collaboration with our partner-Ecoboard.
Constructing the washroom out of stubble creates a threefold impact-reducing stubble burning, empowering an impoverished entrepreneur, and also contributing our bit in aligning with the Prime Minister’s goal of making India ODF by 2022.
Enactus Hansraj in collaboration with Enactus Muenchen has taken the initiative to effectively utilise stubble in yet another way, by converting it into biogas.
Under this joint venture, our vision is to establish small-scale biogas production units revolving around innovative barrel/IBC based technology using stubble as input. The idea is to replace the red brick chulhas used in rural households with biogas plants.
It is a one-stop solution to tackle the issue of indoor air pollution in rural India by providing them with an environmentally sustainable and economically friendly alternative.
India, the home to the world’s largest population of disabled people. A country in which the majority of the disabled community are unemployed due to social stigma and lack of opportunities.
The mission of Project Ahsaas is to socially and economically uplift the differently-abled community by providing them employment opportunities and equal status in society.
Project Ahsaas caters to both the exploited Visually impaired community and the underprivileged youth. This is done by teaching digital literacy to disadvantaged children by a visually impaired entrepreneur. Our visually Impaired individuals teach the children the basics of IT and software and in return, they earn a fixed salary for conducting these classes.
Our Model and Impact
- Provision of Digital Literacy to 130+ underprivileged children.
- Significantly reduced the stigma around Differently-abled individuals at our target locations.
- Generated employment for 3 visually impaired individuals, who received a fixed salary each month by teaching computers, hence instilling a sense of economic independence and stability.
Childhood is the blissful period to savour the beauty and bounty of life but unfortunately for some this golden time gets spotted with the menace of substance abuse. Owing to the absence of a protective shield from society the marginalised children get easily allured by the evil camouflaged with satisfaction. On the other side of the coin exist hundreds of middle-aged individuals who despite having undergone de-addiction, are often marginalised and exploited, not only socially, but even in the employment sector.
Enactus Hansraj takes a sincere initiative to free these underprivileged children from the clutches of this atrocity, while at the same time socially and financially empowering our product division‘s target community, the past addicts.
Our Model and Impact
At Armaan we are working on two verticals to help the addicts. We have a website where we aim to provide a plethora of facilities for Addicts to sustain their sobriety. We also have a product vertical brewing which would help us create a source of revenue for as many de-addicts that we can associate with.