The 62 members strong Enactus, Miranda House currently houses four projects under its aegis- Project Tarang, Project Zaffran, Project Daryaft and Project Jazba. With these projects, they aim at uplifting the underprivileged through entrepreneurial action.

Project Zaffran works with underprivileged communities of women who are either victims of domestic violence or are widowed. This project is an initiative to propel them out of their dire domestic situations. By capitalising on their abilities as efficient homemakers and their expertise in household activities, their skills were used in the production of spices. However, being faced with a dearth of proper production spaces, they took it upon themselves to build a proper production-cum-retail store with the help of plastic bottles. This would not only solve the problem of disposal of more than 10,000 bottles, but would also turn these women into self-sufficient entrepreneurs.

Students participating in the Battle of Bottles
Students participating in the Battle of Bottles

With a view to construct their plastic house, ‘Aarohan’ they began to collect plastic bottles. Through their campaign of ‘Battle of Bottles,’ they situated various carton boxes decorated with quirky posters across their college campus. This received an overwhelming response.

After a successful campaign at Miranda House, they plan to expand their collection drive throughout North Campus. With this in mind, they have initiated the Campus Ambassador Programme ’16 in collaboration with CFEM (Care for Environmental Machine), and call upon interested students from various colleges to become ambassadors of their respective institutions. Rewards will be provided to the people who put their bottles in the cartons and also to the Campus Ambassadors, in addition to certificates. Every bottle donated will fetch the donor a certain amount of points. After having collected enough points, they can redeem rewards through the CFEM portal at www.cfem.in .

This campaign not only provides the students with experience in social work, but will also help underprivileged women to earn a regular income. Apart from boosting their confidence, it will also help them earn greater acceptance within their families.

Register yourself here.

The last date to apply for the Campus Ambassador campaign is 18th September at 11:59pm.

Photo Credits: Enactus, Miranda House

Swareena Gurung

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