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Samagra is a Bill Gates Foundation supported social enterprise dedicated solely to solving the issues related to Sanitation and Waste Management in Urban Slums and Rural India. Samagra’s mission is to enable the Poor lead “healthier, productive, dignified and Empowered lives”. Samagra’s team comprises of engineers, architects, designers, social scientists and leaders who have deep seated entrepreneurial spirit and passion for designing appropriate solutions for wicked problems

Industries: Waste Management/Sanitation, Banking/Financial Services, Consumer Products
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The Work

2. Business sustainability

Seeking to deeply understand the wants and the needs of our end users we have performed intense ethnographic research across slums in various cities in India. Most sanitation programs have limited impact because they fail to realize that solving these issues is not just about providing toilets, it is also about user engagement and behavior change. Samagra Model incorporates behavior change into its DNA

3. Innovation

we have stopped asking the question of why people don’t use toilets. Instead, we are focusing on why they should. Our emphasis has been on a bottom-up approach to knowing our audience and involving them to co-create solutions designed for their needs and wants. We are busy designing solutions that are practically feasible to implement and scale.

"Family is the closest that can get to the culture nurtured at Samagra. No one hesitates to work out of their comfort zone, learning and un-learning - trying, giving up and then trying again, wearing multiple hats, all united with a single thread to serve for the nation building."

— Farakh A Biz Development Manager

"Samagra is a place to discover yourself and learn. I have become a better leader because of the autonomy and opportunities provided at Samagra"

— Nandan Thakur Field Manager


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