Best Projects 2022 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs, or informal programs.
Explain your project in details:
The project Collective Efforts emphasises sending street and uneducated children to school. The prime aim of the project is the development of basic and primary education systems with the development of awareness camps so that every child should not be deprived of the elementary education system. A problem that has been identified by us is that the children are begging for money since their parents are unemployed. Therefore the project also runs a social enterprise to provide employment to mothers of these children. We are working towards the financial development of women so that they can support their families and help their children go to school. We teach underprivileged women the skill of sewing and then provide them with waste cloth so that they can stitch cloth bags , cushions covers and masks. We sell cloth bags to departmental stores, vegetable vendors, and hardware shops. Cushions covers and masks we are selling online and in departmental stores. Our cloth bags act as a substitute for non-degradable polythene bags which pollute the environment. The project started in 2020 with a group of young and enthusiastic volunteers who began by visiting different district of Rajasthan state and identifying the current conditions of basic education and unemployment. At the start, there were only 2 sewing machines,5 women, and 4 volunteers. But after significant improvements in the project, there are now 50 sewing machines, 100 women, and an effective strength of 30 volunteers. Every month we manufacture 100 thousand+ cloth bags. Therefore, it indicates that the project has been highly successful since amazing responses are being identified. However, the functional achievement of the project requires patience with the hardworking capabilities of the involved team or professionals.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Relating to sustainable development, it is evident that Collective Efforts has developed a quality education system and an effective generation of employment systems. The sole objective of the organisation is to generate a sustainable source of employment for those women who are financially weak and to give a primary education to their children to keep their life smooth. Therefore, the organization is greatly impacted in terms of the sustainable development of underprivileged families. The project is a relevant example of how youth can make a significant difference in the lives of the common people. By providing employment to women through our social enterprise we are catering to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth as we are promoting sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for underprivileged women. Now that these women are able to earn an income for the family, their children no longer need to beg. Instead, they are able to go to school and receive a decent education, fulfilling another United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: Goal 4 Quality education. By having one of the adult members earning a reliable income and younger members going to school, these underprivileged families successfully move towards lifting themselves out of the vicious cycle of poverty. They became more independent and knowledgeable. Also, our project will have an impact across generations as once the children of these underprivileged families get the education they will get to know the importance of education and make sure their children also get an education so that they do not fall into the trap of poverty. Therefore our whole project works toward the United Nations sustainable Goal 1 No Poverty
Sustainability and future plans
The sustainability of the project is based on the socio-economic development in different places of Rajasthan. The project was formed with only five volunteers and today it has the active strength of 30 volunteers. The number of volunteers in our group has been consistently rising which provides us with the required human resource to take our project forward. The team members work in a decentralized manner and every team member is assigned to a different job role and their common objective is to ensure and implement the socio-economic development of women. The sustainability of the project is also linked to the easy work environment without any work deadline and most of the women work from home. Additionally, we have recognized more communities in and outside of Rajasthan which our group can uplift so once we are done with the current communities we will move to these communities and try to uplift them. Furthermore each month we are selling 100000+ cloth bags which provides our project with enough revenue to work in a sustainable manner. Future plans of the project will be related to the creation of new opportunities and strategic decision-making systems at all the confined levels of the education and socio-economic system. In the upcoming days, after the overall success stages of the project, there is a plan to seek grants from the national and international organizations and organise fundraisers within the social media platforms for the socio-economic upliftment of the women in different areas of Rajasthan and India . The future plan will also provide the focus on the upcoming challenges and the associated mitigation strategies relating to the competence requirements in the society and identifying alternatives that can target the socio-economic development of both education for the street children and the employment programs to engage their parents.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am Tamish Agarwal , a 17 year old 12th grade student at The Doon School , Dehradun. Belonging to a business family in Jaipur Rajasthan , I have been interested in Business and sustainability from a very young age. I was intrigued by entrepreneurs like Elon Musk who used their entrepreneurial skills along with to make the planet more sustainable. At school also I have participated and won many business competitions and currently I am the president of Doon School Business Club and Sustainability Society. Collective efforts won impact award in Global Social Leaders competition 2022. Also , I have been selected to represent India in the World Economics Cup 2022.