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India’s garbage turns out to be Goldmine for Foreign Investors: Here is How!

Microfinance provides women from low-income groups funding for which they get comparatively quick results

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  • Severe problem of garbage disposal and widespread scrap on the streets
  • ScrapApp,a startup aims at recycling the garbage trash from other waste
  • Startups get most of their funding from overseas  investors,the concept of social entrepreneurship still unknown to Indian population

MUMBAI, 24 SEPTEMBER, 2016: ScrapApp founded in 2015 is an app which helps the customer find out what their scrap is worth. It’s an initiative to make Indian streets clean  and bearable to walk on by recycling the garbage. Masked workers from ScrapApp daily separate the recyclable debris from the trash at DLF Mall, the largest mall in India giving the startup a kick in their business.

Vidhur Bakshi, 27, CEO of ScrapApp said that they get most of their funding from foreign investors because social entrepreneurship isn’t  yet popular in India.Other startups have mutual opinions on this matter.The reason behind this is that even if Indians do invest, they expect breakneck returns, mentioned HuffPost report.

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The Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) and UnLtd, foundations for social entrepreneurs when carried out a poll found out that the lack of awareness of the public about social entrepreneurship and funds made it challenging for them to make the move and grow their profit,non-profit business.

Though a difficult task, but some startups which have helped people have access to water,sanitation etc have helped in easing the task of finding investors and thus more and more businesses are ready to fund this sector,a sector that which targets at bringing renaissance in the society and mindset of people,a society where recycling garbage is not included as a part of formal sector

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India comes under one of the countries(other than Canada,Singapore,The United States) where it is easiest to access investment.Experts claim that India can play a significant role in developing the domestic lives as well as use similar business ideas in bettering the social conditions in Africa.

Anurag Agrawal, CEO of Intellecap  told the Thomas Reuter’s Foundation that if an enterprise invests in a startup which is backed by a professional team and focused funds there are no chances of the investors suffering a loss. On reviewing many Indian startup Ceo’s, their views on this topic was that nations like the USA and Singapore are eager to  provide financial help to Indian startups focusing on societal development.

Experts say that there is one sector where the Indian enterprises are keen on investing- microfinance. Microfinance provides women from low-income groups funding for which they get comparatively quick results. Some of the top microfinance institutions are-Annapurna Microfinance Pvt Ltd, Arohan Financial Services Pvt Ltd etc.

Since the masses are adopting a change with growing awareness of the new generation so is the perspective of the investors who are gradually wishing to help the Indian startups who are trying their best to light a candle  for a better society.

–  prepared by Ashwati Menon of NewsGram. Twitter: @Ashu_phoebe

 

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‘Swachh Bharat’ Initiative: Young Indians Launch ‘Mission –Santizing and Sensitizing India’

The Young Indians have launched this mission for reinforcing the 'Swachh Bharat' activity

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Young Indians want to strengthen the ‘Swachh Bharat’ initiative. Wikimedia
  • The Young Indians have launched ‘Mission- Sanitizing and Sensitizing India
  • It is an initiative to encourage Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan

North Bengal, August 9, 2017: To strengthen the ‘Swachh Bharat’ activity announced by PM Narendra Modi, the Young Indians, who are an essential part of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have launched ‘Mission –Santizing and Sensitizing India’. This is an activity to work with companies and institutions on Social Responsibility area. The sole purpose is to build awareness in the general public through the social interface and networking systems of the Young Indians.

In reference to this, and with the constant attempt of the Young Indian, this time the Yi Siliguri composed another awareness program on 6 August 2017 with the road sellers, on cleanliness and hygiene at Siliguri’s “Nirvana” situated at Khalpara’s Agrasen Road of Siliguri under Ward 9.

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The program began at around 9:00 am at the venue. Around 50 road vendors took part in the program that included chaat sellers, Gol Gappa merchants, jhal muri sellers, momo vendors, peanut vendors and so forth. In this program, a using kit comprising hair mask, gloves, aprons, trash sack, and garbage bins were dispersed to the members by the members of the Young Indians.

The dignitaries who were present included the Chair of Swach Bharat Team, Mr. Gautam Rathi, Mr. Mangallam Kalyani, Mr. Rakesh Goyel, among others.

Youthful Indians (Yi) represents an indispensable piece of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a not-revenue driven, non-government, industry managed and industry driven association assuming a proactive part in India’s improvement procedure. Yi was shaped in 2002 with a goal of making a stage for youthful Indians to understand the fantasy of a developed country. Yi comprises of approximately 2350 direct members in 40 parts, and connects with approximately 10500 students through the medium of chaupals, under the ‘Yuva’ brand. The Yi participants comprise of youthful dynamic Indians between the age of 21 and 40 and involve professionals, entrepreneurs, and performers from various life aspects. “To end up plainly the Voice of Young Indians Globally” being Yi’s vision, it gives a stage to youthful Indians to contribute and participate by turning into an essential piece of the Indian development story. Yi’s work is separated principally into three gatherings; “Youth Leadership”, “Thought Leadership” and “Country Building”.

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The Yi participants comprise of youthful dynamic Indians between the age of 21 and 40 and involve professionals, entrepreneurs, and performers from various life aspects. “To end up plainly the Voice of Young Indians Globally” being Yi’s vision, it gives a stage to youthful Indians to contribute and participate by turning into an essential piece of the Indian development story. Yi’s work is separated principally into three gatherings; “Youth Leadership”, “Thought Leadership” and “Country Building”.

– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter Hkaur1025

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Campaign “WASH” : National Religious and Spiritual Leaders Join Hands to Achieve Cleaner India

To achieve a cleaner India, we have to not only sanitise our surroundings but our minds too, says Swami Chidanand Saraswati

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New Delhi, Nov 22, 2016: Spiritual and religious heads of several organisations belonging to different faiths have come together to counter pollution in the Ganges and other rivers as well as to fight global climate change.

To ensure access to clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, the campaign “WASH” is a cleanliness drive, mentioned PTI.

The idea came into being under the leadership of inter-faith leader Swami Chidanand Saraswati and it focuses on achieving peace and environmental protection and start a sanitation revolution in the country.

Ganga is not a religious topic but a lifeline for millions of citizens in the nation. Click To Tweet

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Sanitation and meditation are of equal importance. “To achieve a cleaner India, we have to not only sanitise our surroundings but our minds too. Different religions and faiths along with stakeholders and civil society, we all have to come together to put our heart and soul in achieving a cleaner India,” said Saraswati.

Apart from that, he has initiated several critical programmes like Namame Ganga (Clean Ganga), Swachh Bharat (Clean India) and Swachhta Kranti (Clean Revolution). He is also the co-founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), mentioned PTI.

During Ujjain Kumbha Mela too, the alliance worked to make people aware of sanitation and repercussions of bad environment, especially on children’s health.

On World Toilet Day, which was on November 19, a huge crowd gathered that included youth and many leaders from different communities who pledged for a clean environment as well as proper sanitation. “It’s time that we should move from building temples to more and more toilets,” Saraswati said to PTI.

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For Chidanand Saraswati, Ganga is not a religious topic but a lifeline for millions of citizens in the nation.

“River Ganga is not a religious topic but the very lifeline of millions of people and our heritage. When we talk about Ganga we are actually talking about mostly all the rivers in the country and the deteriorating conditions of most of these rivers. Health, hygiene and harmony all should go together for a changed India,” he said.

To induce and spur growth, the drive is supporting technology and several other innovations.

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If we want to see true Socio-economic development, it has to happen from the bottom-of-the-pyramid population. Saraswati says, “We along with spiritual leaders from all across the world have created a new term for us- RSR- Religious Social Responsibility.”

“It is amazing how our Prime Minister spoke vigilantly about cleanliness from Red Fort and actually started a campaign to make people aware of the initiatives and how we all can come come together to achieve this dream,” Saraswati further added.

– prepared by NewsGram with PTI inputs

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“The day is not far when the country will be filth free,” says PM Narendra Modi at Global Citizen India 2016 in Mumbai

It is amazing to see how the nation is participating in Swachh Bharat movement and cleaning all the corners of the nation, says PM Modi

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FILE - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in New Delhi, India, Aug. 15, 2016. VOA
The prime minister said, “We have to work towards our mission shoulder to shoulder to make it successful.”

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Global Citizen India is a movement brought to India by Global Citizen, a social action platform and The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (GELF), an organisation focused on cultivating ethical, altruistic leadership to improve the state of the planet through collective action.

From Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Alia Bhatt and many other Bollywood stars to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fednavis and the iconic English band Coldplay participated to bring people together and stand for a noble cause that celebrate humanity and fight against poverty. (IANS)