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Joslin Thambi Chellaiah
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Bullock-cart Workers Development Asso.,
• Founder-cum-Secretary of Bullock-cart Workers Development Association (BWDA) from October 1985 to 2005
• Managing Director in BWDA Finance Limited from 2006
• Chairman BWDA Mercantile Pvt. Limited from 2013
• Managing Trustee, Centre for Development Education (CED).
• Adviser, State Bullock-cart Workers Association, Chennai
• Served as President from 2012 to 2014 in Tamil Nadu Voluntary Health Association (TNVHA)-Network Organization- member base of 744 NGOs including Hospitals in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
• Ex.Convener, Villupuram District Co-ordination Committee TNVHA.
Dear Shankar, Developing a social investment platform for WATSAN will enable raising the much required funds for providing Water Credit to low income households. BWDA is a development organization working in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. We have facilitated 12,250 water connections and 6700 toilets by providing water credit of Rs.17.75 crores. During implementation of our WATSAN project B-WASH in partnership with Water.org, there was a time when we were unable to provide the required credit linkage due to huge demand from members. Such a platform will be helpful to raise funds to meet the requirements of our members. We would like to partner with you if you are looking for partnerships with NGOs.
There are many such settlements along the coast of Tamil Nadu and this project will be beneficial for the members of these settlements. The key to the success of this initiative will be instilling accountability and a sense of community ownership and bringing about behaviour change in the residents. It will be helpful if you can share your thoughts on how you intend to ensure the behavioral aspect. We are also looking at the behavioral aspect and your experience from Chennai will be helpful.
I appreciate your initiative and wish you all success.