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Coffee Filters is an initiative to provide easy to make, affordable and durable clay coffee filters by using used coffee grounds.

An aim to decrease the rate of death and illness caused by contaminated water and provide a source of income to the community.

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The idea behind clay coffee filters is to provide affordable filters to millions of Rural Indians who are deprived of their rights to safe drinking water. The idea intends to benefit two beneficiaries, the ‘Enablers’ and the Receivers. The enablers include people who will support and facilitate planning and carrying out the project. The receivers include by and large people who are in need of potable water. The receiver will be charged a nominal fee for the filters so that they do not treat it as a charity and it will also inculcate the sense of ownership among them. Recycling coffee grounds used in the filters is not only beneficial in reducing the amount of waste going into landfills but also taking one step closer to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions(i.e reducing methane gas produced by coffee grounds).The clay coffee filters doesn't just filters the contaminants but also fight against E-coli, dysentery causing germs and other bacteria's with a simple application of silver nano particles. Unlike other filters which only settles the contaminants at the bottom,these filters not just make the water clean but also safe for drinking with just a simple solution.

How would you describe the stage of development of your idea?

  • Conceptual Development

How big or scalable is the potential of your idea?

The idea has a huge scalable potential, as the filters are made of natural resources(less cost) and are easy to install the cost of the filters will be lower than the other filters available in the market.Thus it will help reach maximum villages and states across the country. Initially the aim is to target nearby states and with developments in the product, wish to target all the states across the country and also going beyond the national boundaries to create a lasting impact on people affected by lack of safe drinking water

Explain the sustainability aspect of your idea

As explained in the description regarding the idea benefiting two beneficiaries, the ‘Enablers’ and the Receivers .The project aims to teach the villagers/potter to make the filters as they are easy to make(with help of teaching aids) This will not only act as a source of income for the enablers, but also will help improve the life of the receivers, Thus making the project self sustainable.

What types of financing would be required for your idea to be successful?

looking for seed funding and investors to finance my project which will help me reach maximum number of people across the country. The project is not the one which will run for a year or two. It intends to gradually reach millions of people with the project, so need a large investment for research & development, connecting to villages where there are no motorable roads. The project is ambitious and considers to create a mass movement of providing safe water

In-country experience

  • Yes, for two or more years

If you have been operating in India, what has been your focus?

A social entrepreneur by heart, my work in the past years was focused on domains like health, education and livelihood.I have been part of an international nonprofit student run enterprise 'Enactus' where I applied my knowledge to take action and provided sustainable solutions for the problems faced. My team and I had worked for various women empowerment and youth based projects in a village near Penn (Savarsai), Maharashtra.

Is your organization currently legally registered in India?

  • No

What states or districts will you target/are you targeting within India?

Initially starting from Maharashtra and gradually expanding to other states.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Having worked at college level for various community development project helped me develop an inclination towards the development sector and earned a job in a reputed Ngo in Mumbai.This further helped me have experience working with diverse communities like (Commercial sex workers, Rescued trafficked girls, Orphanage, women inmates, runaway girls) .While working on several issues regarding health, livelihood and education, I came across the most pressing issue in India. Where the most essential part(water) of our life was taking a toll on life of many people across the country. Which drove a passion in me to change the scenario.

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sifting the used coffee grounds


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I like how you say that all of this has to be part of the community and you need to set it up together with them. Great idea!

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Thank you Christopher for your support.Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

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