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ENACTUS

Enactus is an international not for profit organization present in 1,700 Universities across 36 Countries and has over 70,500 students as active members. It brings together students from universities across the world to take up social outreach projects for the benefit of underprivileged communities. It identifies communities in need and devises alternative business models for them, with the ultimate aim of empowering community members and transforming them into entrepreneurs. Eventually, Enactus members step out of the project after creating a self-sustaining business model for the communities so that they do not have to rely on any external party.

Enactus was started at Shri Ram College of Commerce in the academic year 2007-2008. Since then, 11 projects have been taken up – 8 of which have been successfully completed while 3 are still continuing. The three ongoing projects are- Project Azmat : Repossessing Respect; Project Kayakalp : Pulling the Strings of Change; and Project Sattva : Churning Purity into Progress. 

 

Project Azmat

Project Azmat aims at the rehabilitation of manual scavengers by providing them with an alternate sustainable livelihood. It works with a community of 18 women in the village of Nekpur, Ghaziabad. The community has been trained in manufacturing of cleaning products and they now earn their livelihood through its sales.

Project Kayakalp

Project Kayakalp is an endeavor to revive the art of puppertry and aims to empower 14 traditional puppeteers from the Kathputli Colony of Shadipur in Delhi.  Kayakalp seeks to modernize their art form and use the medium of puppetry to convey social and environmental messages.

Project Sattva

Project Sattva is based in Karnal (Haryana) and aims to tackle the inefficiencies in the distribution network of milk and milk related products. Enactus has associated with NDRI Karnal and Arpana Services, an NGO, to achieve its objectives.

OFFICE BEARERS

(2015 – 16)

Sl. No.

Name

Designation

Department / Class

Mobile / Email

1.

Ms. Priyanka Bhatia

Faculty Advisor

Commerce

+91-9871231215

p73bhatia@gmail.com

2.

Samhita Khuntia

President

Economics

+91- 9818762506

samhita.khuntia@enactussrcc.org

3.

Aayush Garg

Co-President

Commerce

+91-9818929010

aayush.garg@enactussrcc.org

4.

Parth Luthra

Directors

(Project Azmat)

Economics

+91-9560957818

parth.luthra@enactussrcc.org

5.

Ria Golecha

Directors

(Project Kayakalp)

Economics

+91-9654439664

ria.golecha@enactussrcc.org

6.

Medha Verma

Directors

(Sattva)

Economics

+91-9818676688

medha.verma@enactussrcc.org

7.

Abhishek Naulakha

Directors

(Public Relations)

Economics

+91-9871022862

abhishek.naulakha@enactussrcc.org

8.

Komal Vaseer

Director

(Finance)

Commerce

+91-9560076226

komal.vaseer@enactussrcc.org

9.

Aayush Aggarwal

Director

(Research)

Economics

+91-9582799208

aayush.aggarwal@enactussrcc.org

 

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

 

Projects undertaken by Enactus during the academic session 2014-15:

Kayakalp : Pulling the Strings of Change

Project Kayakalp aims to empower traditional puppeteers of Kathputli colony, New Delhi and expand their income generation possibilities, while also using the medium of puppetry to convey social and environmental messages.

Puppetry, in India has seen a downward gradient from being an art which lit up the Indian streets and courtrooms, to being pushed to hopeless anonymity reduced by the contemporary forms of entertainment. Project Kayakalp is an initiative to revive the dying art form.

The project has grown by leaps and bounds this year. We have been able to tap a variety of unexplored demand avenues from the Barclays Social Impact Forum, Election Commission of India, Delhi metro Rail Corporation shows for PVR YES Bank and Max India Foundation to telecasts on Doordarshan. In 2015, the puppeteers scaled up to perform in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Additionally, stalls for the sale of puppetry merchandise were put up to augment the artists' income. Stalls were set up at Durga Puja Pandals, Diwali melas, college festivals, as well as at the embassy of Bhutan. Recently, the artists from Project Kayakalp conducted a puppetry workshop at the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training - CCRT, New Delhi for 120 teachers from 19 states. The workshop took puppetry beyond the confines of being a mode of entertainment and propagated its use as an effective mode of education and spreading awareness.

The puppeteers were also made to attend third party meetings to give them a practical experience of conversing with and convincing people. Kayakalp has been registered under the India Trust Act. The puppeteers are being taught the art of script writing. Personality Development sessions are now a regular feature of Kayakalp. These sessions aim at improving the puppeteers' communication, language and presentation skills. They focus on enabling them to contact different organisations themselves and secure contracts. Training under the Teach India programme of Times of India enabled our puppeteers to speak English confidently and fluently.

Project Kayakalp has been covered extensively this year; finding several mentions in Times of India as well as screen time on NDTV 24x7.

Economic Impact

The Income of puppeteers has risen to over 7 times their previous incomes.

Social Impact

The revinal of the traditional art form of puppetry is a step towards preserving the cultural heritage of India. This shows aim to spread awareness on issued of critical importance.

Environmental Impact

The marketing material like poster and brochures are made of eco-friendly material. The workshops teach students to make puppets from old newspapers and waste material. This shows spread important environmental messages.

Project Kayakalp has now turned into a successful enterprise.

Azmat : Repossessing Respect

Project Azmat is an endeavour to liberate the Manual Scavengers by providing them a sustainable source of livelihood through development of a micro-enterprise and to facilitate construction of proper toilet systems. 'Azmat', meaning dignity in Urdu, uses a multi-faceted approach for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers - by providing them an alternative source of livelihood and replacement of dry latrines with proper toilets.

The dry latrines are demolished and two pit toilets are constructed for the entire village. These toilets require no maintenance costs, require little water and convert waste into manure. Enactus SRCC has collaborated with Sulabh International Social ServiceOrganization for the purpose of construction of 128 two-pit toilets to ensure that the women do not go back to that profession.

Prime goal of Project Azmat is the rehabilitation of our target group of women ,from the village Nekpur in Uttar Pradesh, by organizing them into a cooperative society and providing them basic literacy and financial training and training in detergent making to make them proficient to practice an alternative livelihood. The business model will generate enough revenue to increase their income by 575%. Besides detergent, phenyl and other cleaning products are being exploded as an option. Several hospitals in Noida have come on board for using the phenyl & the cleaning products produced by the women in their premises.

The new employment opportunity has increased the overall income of the women, thereby empowering them and making them financially self-reliant. This has also inculcated in them the habit of savings which will ensure long term prosperity. The villagers were employed in the construction of the two-pit toilets in the village and the raw materials were procured locally. This not only served as an employment opportunity but also boosted the rural economy. Project Azmat has created a threefold impact.

Economic Impact

Project Azmat directly impacts the 18 women who are currently involved in producing detergent. They are no longer practicing manual scavenging. Earlier they used to earn Rs 10 per day in kind. Now, their incomes have increased substantially.

Social Impact

The lives of former manual scavengers, who are not involved in producing detergent, have also seen a remarkable change in lifestyles. Gender bias and inequality are other major issues addressed under this project.

Environmental Impact

In the initial phase of the project, a total of 128 two pit toilets were constructed in the village. Open defecation is no more an issue amongst the villagers and they are sensitive towards issues of cleanliness and sanitation. The two pit toilets conserve water and convert human waste into nutrient rich manure, which creates a positive environmental impact and also promotes the agrarian economy of the village.

With Project Azmat we successfully create 18 women entrepreneurs, effectively empower 90 people of the community, and improve health and sanitation conditions for 8000 people of the village. Our vision is to successfully empower these women and at a later stage expand to more such communities in need.

 

Project Sattva – “Churning Purity into Progress”

Project Sattva is an initiative to bring efficiency in India’s dairy sector and improve rural livelihoods by rearing of high yielding cattle and value addition to milk through a mutually beneficial relationship.

The project was initiated in April 2015 with the aim is to empower rural women in Karnal and enable value addition to milk at the grass-root level.

Despite the abundance of milk production in India, lack of knowledge on proper rearing practices by dairy farmers, inefficiencies in the distribution network for milk and milk products, and absence of adequate milk processing facilities at the village level have led to severe exploitation of dairy farmers, which in turn, has led to consumption of low quality products.

Through this endeavour, we have facilitated access to microfinance and scientific training to women dairy farmers for rearing of high yielding cattle and promote women-run milk collection and processing units to provide unadulterated milk and milk products to consumers.  

Economic Impact

Project Sattva has already engaged 25 women directly and benefitted 920 people indirectly through improved quality of products. The revenue of the processor groups have increased by Rs. 1,77,750 marking a 17% increase in the income per woman to Rs. 9,639 in the three months of operation.

Social Impact

Empower the women to gain ownership of their business, increasing the female labour force participation rate and transforming their role from mere supporters of their husbands to rightful bread earners of their households. Moreover, the supply of fresh, unadulterated milk will improve nourishment in the region.

Environmental Impact

Training in scientific cattle rearing along with efficient feed management, manure management and product processing has led to water conservation and reduced overgrazing..  Also, cattle dung will be converted into manure, vermin-compost and bio pesticides and fertilizers, thus directly helping in improved farming practices in the village.  

Project Sattva promises immense potential for growth. The model is highly replicable and we seek to bring many more villages under the ambit of the project.

 

Project Life on Wheels: Let them Own what they Owe

Project Life on Wheels facilitates micro credit for rickshaw pullers plying in Delhi University, North Campus to enable them to purchase their own rickshaws, rather than hire them from exploitative contractors.

Rickshaw-pulling, a low-skill and zero investment profession, is a lucrative option for most illiterate migrants. But the real scenario is much more sinister than this glossy description. The rickshaws are hired from exploitative contractors at exorbitant rates, diminishing their already limited income. They also lack access to healthcare, education, collateral and social security. Caught in a vicious trap, the rickshaw pullers can never hope to own a rickshaw.

Economic Impact

The 85 Rickshaw Pullers impacted under Life On Wheels are now proud owners of their ‘own’ rickshaws, their self-respect being restored. They have benefitted by augmentation of income and stimulation of greater savings. Also, the space behind the rickshaw for advertisements provides additional revenue. The overall impact being of Rs. 32,40,000.

Social Impact

The rickshaw pullers have also benefitted from the financial and literacy training, family health camps and distribution of educational kits to their children; hence, their quality of life has improved significantly.

Environmental Impact

The custom made Enactus rickshaws have an extended shed that covers the passenger as well as the rickshaw-puller and a waste basket that helps promote a cleaner campus. Further, rickshaws are an environment friendly mode of transport.

The project has been successfully completed with an exceptional repayment rate of 86.68%