Community Models

Advit Foundationís self -employment training centre, AAROHAN, is located in village Pachala, Phagi, Jaipur district. The Centre aims at empowering the local community with skills for promoting entrepreneurship and income enhancement. These community models could be scaled up for a larger and wider impact. Industry and market linkages are sought for sustainability. The following are a few community models that are being undertaken at AAROHAN.

Entrepreneurship Development

Hand-made paper bag making

This initiative aims at empowering the women in acquiring a new skill for income enhancement. Young girls and women are trained to make paper products. Training for Trainers Programme is also undertaken. Women from neighboring 3 to 5 villages are encouraged to participate in this training. The raw material is sourced locally and various products are designed and made at Aarohan. Market linkages are being established.

Spice/Herb processing and packaging

The spice and herb processing program is aimed at encouraging farmers to grow produce and process locally at Aarohan. Market linkages are being undertaken. This ensures better cost for the farmer and elimination of middle man. At Aarohan, a platform has been created equipped with grinders where this produce is dried and packaged hygienically. The spices are directly sourced from the local farmers. They are hand pounded and machine ground by the community members themselves. The spices are packed in food grade plastic bags, sealed and made ready for market.

Solar mobile charging station

The availability of electricity in the villages in Phagi is poor. There are still a significant number of houses that are not connected by the utility grid. Metering issues are rampant that lead to inflated bills. In the houses which are connected by the utility grid, electricity is available for just about 6-8 hours in a day. While electricity issues are there, the reach of telecom is great. All community members use mobile phones to go about their day to day activities. However, charging these mobile phones is a challenge due to poor availability of power. Most people go to a nearby bigger villages, spend around Rs. 10 per charge and also a couple of hours of their time and get their phones charged.

To address this, Advit Foundation developed a state of the art Solar mobile charging station. This has the capacity to charge 50 mobile phones a day and 5 phones simultaneously. This mobile charging station has been setup at AAROHAN and the community members are trained on its installation and usage. This system has been received very well by the community as their travel, their time and the expenses are all reduced significantly. These setups are now being taken up as an entrepreneurship model by the community. They are now being setup across various locations in the nearby villages.

Access To Energy For Women Empowerment

Solar cookers

Heavy dependence on biomass bears implications on the green belt of the village. The emissions from burning biomass also have an adverse effect on the indoor air quality thereby affecting the health. Studies estimate that on an average, a rural woman inhales smoke equivalent to that of a 100 cigarettes per day through the burning of these fuels. An average village household consisting of 4-6 individuals burns fuel worth approximately 1,00,000per annum.

To take control of this, the community has been trained to make fixed type solar cookers out of locally available raw materials. This would ensure elimination of harmful emissions, conserve resources and prevent deforestation.

Solar dryers

Drying of agricultural produce is a significant value addition step that finds new uses for the product and extends its shelf life. Producing sun dried products can open up new avenues for income enhancement for the rural communities. Conventional sun drying methods are time consuming. To expedite the process, solar dryers have been setup and the community has been trained to setup and use them. Market linkages for the sun dried local produce are being established.

Biogas plants

The rural communities depend heavily on firewood for their cooking needs. The region has abundant supply of biodegradable waste such as agricultural waste and cow dung that can be used to produce biogas and manure. Biogas plants have been setup to promote awareness towards the importance of reducing deforestation and utilizing the agricultural and cattle waste. The community has been trained towards the usage, setup and maintenance of biogas systems.

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