BLUElab India Project
Parth Dhyani (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nikita Pandya (email@example.com)
Project Location(s): Kalol, Gujarat (India)
Current Focus: BLIP is currently working with in the Panchmahal District of Gujarat, India to validate our co-designed low-smoke stoves and develop a project to improve access to clean drinking water. Our work does not only focus on the technologies, but also gaining an understanding of the lifestyle and culture of our partners. BLIP educates team members by discussing the experience of travelers and continually discussing how the team can create the most sustainable technologies for our partners.
Mission: The mission of BLUElab India Project is to co-design sustainable, culturally appropriate technologies with people in and around Kalol, Gujarat, India to improve quality of life.
Team History: BLIP started working with two families in the small town of Dolatpura, India, to co-design, prototype, and install low-smoke stoves and economically viable toilets. While one sub-team tackled this stove design, another sub-team began co-designing a composting toilet with another partner family in Dolatpura. Several of team members traveled to Dolatpura in May 2014 to conduct a needs assessment based on informal conversations and began building relationships with our partner families. May 2016 saw the construction of our first composting toilet prototype with our partner family and additional iteration and testing of low-smoke stoves. In winter 2016, the team started working with another community, Medapur, and two resident women to teach how to build this stove technology for families in that community. May 2017 trip saw the continuation of the expansion of stoves in Medapur and Dolatpura, a newly conducted needs assessment in a new community, Barola, and the continued validation for toilets. In addition to toilets validation testing, and expanding the stoves project to new communities, the team is working to address the need to reduce the time and effort required to transport potable water in Barola. During the following school year, we wrapped up the toilets projects to focus more on water transportation. In 2018, there was renewed interest in validating the low-smoke cookstove both socially and technically. The stoves subteam developed an emissions and efficiency testing protocol which was used during the May 2019 trip.
Achievements: 3rd place, Dow Distinguished Award for Interdisciplinary Sustainability through the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program (2014 and 2017) and Davis Foundation Project for Peace (2016), Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track Quarter-finalist (2019)
Partner Organization: Setco Foundation(http://setcofoundation.org/)
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