Reap Benefit grew from a small pilot that Kuldeep and some friends undertook after being witness to the incredibly inefficient system of solid waste management at college. Reap Benefit is a social enterprise now with a mission to reduce environmental and social inequity by developing ‘Next Gen’ leaders to solve problems of solid waste, water, sanitation and energy through behavioral change and co-developing low cost innovations and solutions..Using principles from The theory of Planned Behavior, it aims to develop of leadership skills in Youth and children by measuring 1) Increased knowledge, empathy & problem-solving skills in Fellows and students 2) Measurable savings in schools and communities (waste-water-sanitation) brought about by Fellows and students 3) Co-developed innovations 4) The amount of peer support and knowledge sharing that happens on our Technology platform 5) The ripple effect at community, organizational and policy level brought by Fellows, Students and the Consortium of Green Schools 6) Newer innovations and the quality and quantity of enterprises. Beyond sensitisng hundreds of students Reap Benefit has saved 65000 units of electricity, 21 lakh litres of water, diverted 200 tons of solid waste from landfills. In the past 3 years, Reap Benefit has developed innovations like:
- Low Cost Waterless Urinals in low income schools
- Grey water systems for sanitation from discarded plastic,
- organic enzyme to convert food waste into compost
- Human centered dustbins to enhance segregation of waste among others.
Kuldeep Dantewadia Studied at BBM, Christ University, and says that he was ‘…an ordinary guy with no extraordinary achievements…’. Yet, it was this ‘ordinary guy’ who delivered one of the most poignant speeches during a public event, alongside a line-up of seasoned orators. Perhaps the modesty evident in the self-submitted bio for the event’s headliners was rooted in the fact that Kuldeep, the founder of Reap Benefit, is the kind of leader that values group achievements.
At the age of 21, Kuldeep took a calculated risk to forgo a traditional career path and try his hand at social entrepreneurship. Kuldeep described this decision, “I was 21, I had nothing to lose and lots to gain. If I could ever take a risk in my life it can be now. This logic might be slightly flawed but was good enough to convince me.” While other 21 year-olds were looking for internships and trying to get a foot in the door for a job, Kuldeep and his friends were managing the waste from 100-150 households. And so it began, based on a self-described flawed logic, the future founders of Reap Benefit had decided to root their careers knee-deep in household garbage.
To know more about Reap Benefit, visit http://www.reapbenefit.org/