Manufacturing simple manure using organic waste and earthworms.
All the daily organic waste from a house is collected in a mud
pot containing earthworms, which convert the waste to high quality
organic manure within a short time. There is a good demand for
this in the market and can be sold for a substantial price.
The academy role?
Academy successfully adopted this
project to train women in slums and supported them in forming
a self-help co-operative group to produce and market vermi-compost.
The academy then gave technical inputs on vermi-compost production
techniques and freely supplied all group women with big clay
To produce vermi-compost, the women have to dump all the organic
waste of their homes in the clay pot which contains a small
layer of wet mud and some earthworms. After a period the worms
convert the organic waste into compost which is one of the best
eco-friendly manure. Initially the interest levels in the slum
women was low. But after seeing their peers making decent amounts
by producing and selling the compost with little effort there
was a tremendous response from the women. The vermi-culture
project was able to address simultaneously the environment and
the economic issues and provided the slum women a source of
The academy has identified Area Action Committees out of the
Women Mahila Madali(or the Women's associations) and Youth associations
in six slums and trained them to interact with the civic authorities
directly for project implementation.