Three years ago, Basanti was one of a number of women from Mahinsa who became involved in a new initiative called Project Eco. That was the time their village was first identified by a UK-based NGO, the Jeevika Trust, as a site for potential collaboration and development. Based just outside central London, Jeevika is involved in over 20 rural development projects across India, focused primarily in the states of Orissa and Tamil Nadu.
At the heart of Jeevika’s mission is village livelihood development, based on the ground-level economic principles set out by E F Schumacher in his 1973 work, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered.
Experts define ‘zero waste’ as a philosophy that encourages extension of the life-cycle of resources. This involves designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid or reduce the volume and toxicity of waste and conserve and recover all resources rather than burn or bury them.