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The Innovation Hub for Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene or IHUWASH is a collaborative initiative between the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and Ennovent. The three-year project is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and aims to improve the performance of urban WASH programs using a collaborative framework, incorporating both private and public participation. Under IHUWASH, national and city-level Innovation Hubs have been established to work closely with national level WASH stakeholders and the city administrations of Faridabad, Udaipur and Mysuru. The IHUWASH Accelerator, implemented by Ennovent, is a program under the IHUWASH platform that finds,...

In 2018, Ennovent conducted a funding landscape study of the sustainable livelihoods sector in India. Sustainable livelihoods efforts in India comprise a vast set of interventions, cutting across diverse communities, objectives and impact strategies. The sector encompasses agricultural and related activities, handicrafts, tourism, skill development, entrepreneurship and innovation, among others. Developed in partnership with the Asia Venture Philanthropy Network, the report is targeted towards enabling more impactful support by providing recommendations on how impact investors can help overcome sector-specific challenges. The study maps the existing state of funding for livelihood projects and programs across India by looking at organisations such...

Ennovent and Trail Angels GmbH are excited to have initiated a new business venture, Fair Trail Himalayas, which aims to promote sustainable and environmentally friendly trekking trails in the Himalayas. The venture will develop, market and manage new trails for an immersive experience of the local culture and environment, and devise benefit sharing mechanisms for local populations. This will incentivise conservation of the fragile landscape surrounding such trails, which is imperative for the continuity of the local population’s diversity and sustenance. We are also developing ‘Fair Trail’ standards for trails which will be based on responsible and ethical tourism and...

Founded in 1987 by chocolatier Josef Zotter, Zotter is an Austrian company with a product range of over 400 varieties of chocolate, such as ‘Brazil Nut Nougat with Jungle Pepper’ and ‘Passion Fruit and Caramel with Thyme’. With a focus on innovation and sustainability, they work with 100% organic ingredients of fair-trade quality and physical traceability. Ennovent is currently exploring the sourcing of organic, fair trade ingredients from the Himalayas, across India, Nepal and Bhutan, for Zotter chocolates. The aim of the project is to create new chocolate, which makes additional income for farmers in the Himalayan region. Zotter Chocolates The Zotter...

Cities in India today are plagued by multiple water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) challenges. Drinking water supply and sanitation facilities continue to be inadequate. India tops the global list of countries with the largest urban population without access to sanitation. The rapid pace of urbanization growing at an annual rate of 2.1 percent further compounds this problem, and sustainability of water and sanitation services is expected to be affected even more severely in the future. Common problems across urban locations, such as the lack of space for the development of sanitation facilities, low sewerage network coverage, inadequate number of functional toilets...

Highlights from a Conversation with Founder Mayank Midha The Journey so far Garv Toilets began in 2015, with an idea developed by founder Mayank Midha to adapt the superstructures (i.e, the extension built above the foundation) of telecom products to create an indestructible portable toilet. The crux of Garv’s aim was to create a public toilet that could maintain itself, was widely available and environmentally friendly. Ultimately, Garv works to generate a sustainable sanitation solution that could end open defecation and it’s pursuant consequences. The research, prototype and design phase of about eight months produced a toilet with a stainless steel superstructure, body and...