In Tamil Nadu, the introduction of activity-based learning in government schools has greatly improved the quality of its elementary education. In Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district, Dr Abhay Bang's SEARCH trains villagers in the intricacies of caring for newborn babies. In Karnataka, Harish Hande brings light to the poor in the form of innovative solar solutions.
Villages in many states see succour in an area they suffer most - drinking water - from water purification plants run by Sudesh Menon's Waterlife in partnership with state governments. In Maharashtra's Jalgaon district, farmers are being trained in the sophisticated science of precision farming, a science that gives them much greater yield, using fewer resources, than conventional farming methods.
Of course, there are many, many others, too. The best part is that the innovators are expanding their reach; others are also replicating their models elsewhere. In effect, they are not only helping people in need, they are also helping build sustainable 'social' businesses across the country.
- How Abhay and Rani Bang beat infant mortality
- How MGP's solar microgrids are lighting up villages
- How Barefoot College is empowering women
- Precision farming can solve many of India's farm ills
- How Harish Hande's SELCO is lighting up homes
- Supplying clean drinking water at affordable cost
- A radical change in primary education
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