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The Needs of a Rural Community
As most of urban India is seeking to further improve their existing infrastructure and aspiring convenience, the needs of rural areas still revolve around basic life issues. Just a decade ago the villages had experienced hardly any change and all was more or less the same as it was during centuries before. Some villages in the more developed parts of India now have gained access to the electric grid and have somewhat improved their infrastructure, but there are still numerous communities that remain without electricity, have no direct access to clean drinking water, no educational facilities and no sanitation.
In general the main issues of concern for an average village in India are of similar nature. They are:
- Water for Irrigation and for Drinking
- Sanitation and Health
- Waste Management
- Energy and Fuels
These issues are interrelated and we have tryed to accurately assess their implications by investigation on site and by extensive research of publicly available sources such as the internet and specific literature.
For these fundamental issues there are usually no readymade solutions available, as every village has an altogether different profile. But there exist a multitude of resources, ideas, expert contacts and components, that can at least partially solve a specific problem if adapted and scaled to the needs of a particular village. We see it as part of our work to collect such information, to research proprietary solutions by combining various components, to evaluate feasibility and to validate our findings with own field trials and pilot installations.
Our experience shows that small scale pilot projects and showcases which produce tangible results often have a great inspirational impact on the local people, motivating them to involve and initiate further improvements and to scale up and apply such projects for further common use.
On the following pages you can find a more detailed description of the single issues. We welcome any comments and suggestions - please use our contact form for your contribution.
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