Shipra Agrawal

June-July 2014
  • Mission: To find a way to make FIN Trust known better in Kameshwaram
  • Her solution: To make a shopping bag
  • Put symbols of toilet and waste collected in a bin as logos
  • She got a 100 bags made out of cotton from another part of Tamil Nadu
  • These were given out to all our waste management clients in the village.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqC3uyFTnGg

Sebastien Gaumont

May 2011 - Jun 2011

Sebastien Gaumont painted and created the FIN office in May 2011.

Observation: The neighbours and the Panchayat need to be educated more, for it is a challenge to keep the office premises clean.

Tamás Medovarszki

Jun 2011 - Sept 2011

Mission: To coordinate an audit of the sanitation drive of an MFI (micro-finance institution) partner of the FINISH programme.

Observation: Lack of accompaniment of beneficiaries before toilet construction and lack of regular monitoring and accompaniment of beneficiaries after toilet construction is leading to sub-optimal conversion of loans into toilets and ineffective use of toilets thereafter.

Impact: FIN is recognized as an effective organization for carrying out sanitation drive audits.

Team Solaire Inde

May 2011 - Jul 2011

Masters Disseration: To evaluate solar energy based products for base of the pyramid communities, with special focus on the requests of the fishermen of Kameshwaram;

Observation: Solar lamps used to guide planes to land can also serve the fishermen’s needs. It can guide them to Kameshwaram from a distance of 5 kms in the ocean if it is mounted on a high enough platform.

Impact: FIN will formulate a project proposal to find funding for this.

Marion Menetrier

Sept 2010 - May 2011

Mission: (i) To carry out a study of the literature on Bt cotton in India to understand implications of genetically modified plant varieties for rural developing country populations; (ii) organize a workshop of ‘Responsible social investing’.

Observation: (i) There is a distinct difference between the findings of academic research and that of activist groups and more research is necessary to identify why this is the case; (ii) The MFI crisis in India has happened for the same reasons as the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the USA and also largely fuelled by hot money from the West, therefore indicators to guide responsible social investing are crucial.

Impact: FIN is confirmed to a good organizer and coordinator of workshops involving debates on sensitive topics. And a research article on Bt cotton is underway.

Timothée Fruhauf

Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

Mission: To examine: What are the determinants of the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases in adolescents in Kameshwaram? In particular, is the presence or absence of toilets one of these determinants?

Observation: The incidence of diarrhoea in Kameshwaram is significantly higher than the rate in same age group in high income countries. However, further statistical analysis is required to isolate the impact of access to sanitation from that of other complementary factors like access to water, nutrition, hygiene and waste management.

Impact: Given the excellent quality of the research methodology developed, it will be applied to a larger population study in Kameshwaram.