THE DAILY DUMP

The Daily Dump

“The Daily Dump” has brought out very tersely what ails our society with regard to waste segregation/dumping. Waste-segregation has been explained in a very brief yet comprehensive manner. For ease of understanding, the waste types (4) are explained well with mode of disposal for each type. It is also interesting to note how the approximate time needed for daily/weekly/monthly tasks for each type of waste segregation and disposal has been worked out (which is not much!).

Further, we are made aware that organic waste constitutes 60% of the total generated waste. Daily Dump has a solution to tackle this huge proportion of waste by providing methods and products to convert it into compost, right at home and without being messy! The videos on “Kambha”, a product of organic waste composting at home, are very catchy. I am sure such simple, clean and economical methods will motivate many to try out at their homes.

It is also interesting to note some encouraging statistics on the waste-load that is kept out of landfills by “Daily Dump” customers, thereby reducing the burden on public waste collection systems. ”Daily Dump” products provide livelihood to many while grossing an enviable turnover of 20 lakh per year!

Organizations, such as Daily Dump, need to be popularized as they are the real catalysts for “Swachh Bharat” campaign.

Get to know Daily Dump here

 

Funding Your Social Enterprise

Funding an enterprise is one of the key priorities for every founder. Irrespective of the type of the enterprise – for profit, not-for-profit, NGO, Society, etc., or stage of the enterprise – starting up, growing, scaling etc…, funding remains the key priority and challenge.

Most of the time, beyond the ability to convince others to invest in the venture, getting to know the modalities – What, Why, When, Where, Who and How of Fund raising is the biggest hurdle to cross. Also, given the dilemma of running the business v/s making it run, many founders quote lack of bandwidth, lack of access to capital or lack of access to market as the reasons for lack of funds. But, fund raising if done in a systematic fashion can be just a routine affair of running an enterprise.

Unitus Capital is one such enterprise that works closely with Social Enterprises and Impact Investors to make Fund Raising a systematic game plan of running the business. We had the privilege of having Abhijit Ray walk us through the puzzle of fundraising for Social Enterprises… Please take a look and design your own method. If you need any help in the process, do write to us.

Spirulina Foundation

About the Organization

The Good Country Index  tries to measure what each country on Earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away. India ranks 81st in this index, and the glaring outlier is the sub-ranking of prosperity and equality, where we rank a low 116. Malnutrition is a highly visible illustration of this situation, in a country where so much food is consumed. India has an exceptionally high level of malnutrition (2 out of every 3 malnourished kids on the earth is an Indian, Nearly 50% of India’s kids below 5 years is malnourished). This partcular foundation firmly believes that the answer to these problems is Spirulina. Spirulina is globally accepted and used as a key tool against malnutrition by United Nations and Worls Health Organisation.

 

About the Founder 

Spirulina Foundation is a brain child of Mr Mahesh R V, he has been at the helm of it and has been fighting malnutrition through this organisation for the past 5 years. He is instrumental in inspiring employees and volunteers who form the blood and flesh of Spirulina Foundation. Mahesh holds a degree in Bachelors of Engineering in Bio-Technology from PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore.. Mahesh also has a strong inclination towards research and development and has presented many technical papers and posters at national and international conferences. He has also worked on projects such as Earth worm ceolomic fluid extraction and it’s fibrinolytic activity assay,  Biodiesel from algae and Organic Spirulina cultivation from natural waste sources.

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Work In Progress

Spirulina Foundation actively conducts malnutrition drives in collaboration with corporate organizations, thus helping to achieve both social good and mandatory (and obligatory) requirements of Corporate Social Responsibility. Some recent initiaves have been malnutrition drives in Sandur, Karnataka in association with JSW, a drive near DJ Halli (which is ironically a slum located near Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore),  and relief work inn Uttarakhand (in the floods of 2013). Spirulina Foundation has also been chosen to be part of Prime Minister Modi’s “sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana” for a village in Gubbi, Tumkur where they will be working in association with Scania. Spirulina Foundation offers a comprehensive, synergy solution for corporates as outlined below:

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Impact

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Kriyasheela Geleyaru

About the Organization

Kriyasheela Geleyaru is an NGO that works with notorious teens and youngsters with behavioural issues. The team works round-the-clock to transform the lives of rebellious children and juvenile offenders simply by never losing faith in them. Dozens of teenagers with behavioural problems have managed to work their way past the challenges and settle down. Ayurveda, pranayama and Indian martial arts like Kalaripayattu are often used to restore the mental balance of the students. Communing with nature through frequent treks in the forest is another popular method.

About the Founder

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Mukund Maigur, who founded the organization in 1992, has provided the perfect platform to thousands of run-away and notorious teens who have behavioral and attitude problems. He provides food, accommodation and shelter to dozens of children, with full support from his own wife and kids. Maigur is also an environmentalist who received the Rajiv Gandhi Environment Award. With the prize money he received, He used the prize money to take his students to the mining district in Bellary, to help them understand the adverse impacts of a dwindling forest cover.
“Dysfunction in the family can cause great damage to the self-esteem of children. The notions of parental love and affection have totally disappeared in this era of globalization, which has led to a number of lead to behavioral disorders among children.
Teachers who fail to spot the signs only worsen the issue. At the organization, our aim is to provide practical education instead of rote learning. We help the students become curious about what they study through theatre, games and painting,” said Maigur.

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Mukund has helped many children with behavioral problems to settle down and obtain a good education, which has enabled them to go on to lead successful careers and lives.
A group of engineers who studied under him went on to form their own organisation in Bijapur. They visit schools in the area and provide counseling to the more troublesome students. Teens who wouldn’t have stood a chance in this world now have bright, shining futures, thanks to Mukund Maigur, who believed in them when nobody else did.

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Unnati: Transforming Lives

Raghunandan, a young lad, in his twenties from Doddaballapur, used to lead a life of struggle.  With no earning members except his father, who is a tailor, he had to quickly support his family of 3 sisters and parents. He was pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English that he could not complete. All through school, he studied in the Kannada medium, which made it difficult for him to cope up during his undergrad years. At this point in his life, he read about Unnati in a newspaper article and joined its 16th batch.  Raghunandan joined SLK BPO Services back in 2013. Today he has moved on to HR roles in the same organization; earns a decent income and leads a much improved quality of life.

There are numerous such stories of young men and women who have given a new meaning to their lives.

Laxmi's experiences at Unnati
Testimonial of a trainee (click to enlarge)

They have equipped themselves with essential life skills to negotiate a successful path for themselves professionally and personally.  (Find more stories here).  The critical catalyst in this transformation is “Unnati“.

Unnati,an initiative of SGBS Trust, was started in Oct 2003 with the purpose of enabling underprivileged, unemployed youth to get employed. Its purpose of existence is defined as: “To help unemployed youth become employable so that they go from being dependent and discouraged to being Independent and empowered.”

Unnati-Program-Overview “Unnati runs a 50 day vocational training program offered at a subsidized cost to the less educated, unemployed and economically backward youth with an assured job at the end of the training period. Unnati enables inclusive growth by empowering families below poverty line.  Training is offered for the following vocations:

Core Vocations
Core Vocations

Unnati has trained and facilitated employment for more than 10000 youth nationwide since its inception.  It’s 55th batch has recently commenced. If you know of youths who will benefit from this training, you can direct them to the Unnati Center in Sadananadanagar, Bangalore.  Mr. A.S. Narayanan, Trustee and Director, Unnati says, “There are no minimum qualification criteria for the program. All are welcome. The hunger to learn is enough.”    Unnati operates multiple centers across Karanataka, Tamilnadu, Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat. It has ambitious plans of scaling across many more locations, including north-eastern states of India.

Unnati is a wonderful example of a social enterprise defining a sustainable business model for profitable growth and transformative social impact. Be inspired !

If you are a social enterprise OR are aware of other impactful social enterprises, please join us on Entirelyso! . You can also write to us on entirelyso@gmail.com.

CSR: A Social Enterprise Ecosystem Enabler ?

On December 13, 2014 the Entirelyso! team organized its first conference ”Dreamer Doers 2014”: a baby step in its ambitious goal of democratizing social entrepreneurship. Besides interesting topics like “Inclusive business” and “need of scale of social enterprises”, we also visited the role of “Corporate Social Responsibility” as an enabler of social enterprises. Intuitively it seems that social enterprises could be one of the major execution channels for CSR initiatives. The thought was further strengthened given the amendment to the Company’s Law, mandating a 2% share of profits to be spent on CSR activities.

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CSR Spend Analysis of the Top 100 Companies listed on the BSE

At EntirelySo!, we decided to do a quick study of the CSR spend (2014) and CSR activities of the top 100 companies (by revenue) listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange.  Here are the findings:

  • The cross-industry average CSR Spend is approximately 1% of ‘Profit Before Tax’.
  • Yes, ‘Profit Before Tax’ is the realistic metric to be taken to compute CSR spend amount. Once you get into the details of the law, you’ll realize that the term ‘net profits’ actually means the “PBT” and not the ‘Profit after tax’ figure.
  • Only 11 companies, out of 100, were proactively meeting or exceeding the mandated 2% spend criterion. Most of these were Steel companies.  Not IT. Reliance Industries stood out as the biggest spender on CSR with 700 Crores being pumped.
  • In fact, IT and Banking companies came out as laggards in spending. These sectors need to scale anywhere between 3X-9X to be compliant.
  • At least 20% companies had a CSR spend deficit of 100 Crores+.
  • Education and Health were the most popular areas of CSR spending (46% initiatives) while Women Centric initiatives were the least popular (11% initiatives).
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Distribution of CSR Initiatives

We did not delve into the efficacy of the initiatives. But from the description, most of the initiatives seem like one of projects which do not necessarily have an impact sustainable over the longer term.

I believe that with the push from the government, corporations big and small have an opportunity to make a phenomenal difference to our society and environment, provided we have the will.  The finance ministry and financial analysts have estimated the total inflow into CSR for FY15 to be in the range of 15,000 crores to 22,000 crores (2.5 – 4 Billion USD).

Instead of opting for a ‘tick-in-the-box’ approach, corporations need to invest in transformational initiatives:  which elevate the quality of life and the state of being to a totally new level.  If even after spending 4B$, we do not see a positive, sustainable change in the economically deprived sections of the society, collectively we have failed … and money is definitely not the problem!!

Social enterprises are for profit organizations which redefine the objective of commercial organizations from “maximization of profits / shareholder value” to “maximization of stakeholder value while ensuring self-sustainability”. Stakeholders include both core and fringe.  RangDe (www.rangde.org) and SELCO (www.selco-india.com) are some examples of successful social enterprises which have achieved significant impact and scale of operations. These and many other smaller organizations can act as execution partners for larger corporations for their CSR programs.  Social Enterprises (SEs) will gain operational and business maturity from such partnerships.  Partnership of social enterprises and corporations on CSR will therefore fuel a positive cycle of maturity thereby continuing to make SEs more mature and operationally relevant for large scale/ large impact CSR programs.  I think it is time Social Enterprises and corporations work on the hurdles that prevent cooperation.

Social Enterprise Leadership Team

Who should be on your journey to become a successful social enterprise? This provides a precise description for building your Social Enterprise Leadership Team..

You know you’ve got the right person filling a leadership role when…
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z He secures a $35,000 donation from a philanthropist who happens to be sitting next to him on a flight from Los Angeles to Phoenix.
z She has a purse cluttered with business cards that rarely get loaded into Outlook, but she can remember each encounter with uncanny precision.
z He can convince skeptics not only of the value of what his organization is doing, but also why the issue is critical, converting skeptics into believers in just minutes.
z She sends one-line e-mails at obscure times of the day and night, many of them ending with “This is why what we are doing is so important!” Continue reading “Social Enterprise Leadership Team”

How to make your CSR – Socially Sustainable?

Sustainability of CSR impact is the key aspect that differentiates socially responsible corporate from the rest. In the minds of every CEO or CSR Leader, the question that remans unanswered is How to make CSR – Socially Sustainable?

Today’s for-profit-business world considers several options to make there CSR contributions. Most commonly found ones are –

  • Encouraging employees to engage in community service activities
  • Supporting Education Establishments
  • Supporting Local Government Initiatives
  • Volunteering in Disaster Recovery

Continue reading “How to make your CSR – Socially Sustainable?”

Full-time Management!

Many social businesses and non-profit organizations are started by passionate individuals with a desire to do something good to the society in their own small/big way. Though they commit a certain amount of funds to bootstrap and support, most of them find it hard to bite the bullet of finding and letting someone manage this full-time, as a focused business. No for-profit business will approach it this way. This is yet another key difference.

There are several social businesses with promoters managing it part-time or having someone do so. Though they might feel that is not affordable to have someone manage this full-time, soon they will realize they can not afford not to! Sooner they find this out, it is better for the organization and the purpose they have crafted it for.

Recruit, Right!

One tendency of bootstrapped social businesses is to rely too much on passion of the founders and select few volunteers, than the experience relevant to the product/service and the domain where the organization chooses to operate. Like any successful business, the difference comes from the right people – folks with relevant and really significant experience in the domain. They carry lot wealth of knowledge and would have experienced typical cycles and characteristics of the business/technical domain. Combining their expertise in the field with the purpose of social impact will help in building a business model that is more likely to succeed from the start than other experiments waiting for some accidents for a nice flight.

For instance, a renewable energy product/service company will have to deal with a vacuum effect of either a big non-serviceable first order or a trickle of unsustainable random business; or a product /concept that is great on paper but fails to take-off for next ten years due to technology maturity or hits a roadblock due to a government subsidy policy…. Recruiting right talent for key positions from the renewable or energy generation/supply/distribution industry, chief technology officer with decades of experience in the energy management and/or a domain expert in energy business will help this social enterprise greatly.

SWOT based capability building is one mechanism to identify and fill key positions with right talent from the industry. If not done already, go for it and refresh your business model…