Barter between urban underutilized material and community efforts


Issue AreaDisaster

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Our Mission

Goonj envisions to grow as an idea across regions/economies using urban discard as a tool to alleviate poverty and enhance the dignity of the underprivileged people of the world. Addressing basic but neglected issues of the poor by involving them in evolving their own solutions with dignity.

The Need

Rural India constituting over 65% of India’s population and has been deficient of the most basics needs like water, sanitation, clothing, employment education etc. There has been an immense gap in the rate of progress between cities and villages. Villagers struggle to get access to even basics.

The Solution

Dignity for Work, Goonj's flagship initiative, dignifies receiving while putting the decision making (about what issues to work on) in the hands of rural communities, giving them a sense of empowerment in solving their own problems. Instead of donor, beneficiary, everyone is a stakeholder.

Our Impact

Community mobilization, a time-tested strength of Goonj, a tool through which decision making is put into the hands of the communities. Each year thousands of community development projects are being taken up and communities are encouraged to work on their local issues on water & community hygiene.

GOONJ, meaning echo, is a multi-award-winning social enterprise that uses the urban discards to fuel widespread development across villages in India. GOONJ deals with more than 3000 tons of material annually and treats this material as a resource to be used with dignity. This resource acts as a parallel currency for rural communities as they take up large-scale development work like recharging water bodies, rebuilding local infrastructure, health, education, and for addressing local issues. GOONJ’s work has led to systemic changes in disaster relief and rehabilitation work, while it has also opened up the highly taboo issue of menstrual hygiene and provides clean cotton cloth as a viable solution. Goonj has created a process of channeling unused clothing material from urban centers to the far-flung villages of India as an important economic resource. Thereby making its mission to re-position cloth and other underutilized material, beyond charity, adding dignity and turning it into a big resource for development.

Over the last 18 years, GOONJ has also worked extensively on relief and rehabilitation for a series of disasters such as the monsoon floods in parts of India in past few years.

About this Organization

Issue AreaDisaster

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