Nisha Patel (email@example.com)
Gautham Ravi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Project Location(s): Kalol, Gujarat, India
Current Focus: BLIP is currently working with two families in the small town of Dolatpura, Gujarat, India to expand the co-designed low-smoke stove technology and validate economically viable toilets. Our work does not only focus on the technologies, but also gaining an understanding of the lifestyle and culture of our partners. We are also working with a brand new community to determine which need to tackle after our newly conducted needs assessment. 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.
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)
Partner Organization: Setco Foundation(http://setcofoundation.org/)
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