At Vidhyalay Udhyam Association we believe that one day all learners will have opportunity to unfold their creative potential to pursue their dream and living a dignified life. Education enable them to break the cycle of poverty through skilling and entrepreneurial mindset.
We are at mission to co-create 10 community and school maker lab to support the dream of 5000 tribal students during this tough time of pandemic and school closure. These Labs are the opportunity to create livelihood for our students who likely to be dropout in upcoming academic year as we all aware about the economic condition of people living at bottom of economic pyramid. At maker Lab students collective identify a big challenge of the community guided through a design thinking curriculum and attempt to make different prototypes to solve it. After solving the challenge they finally launch a small business idea and start generating income. The income help them to continue their study and pursue his/her dream.
In the recent years our students have setup more than 10 small enterprise and generate profit of more than 1.50 Lac. These students significantly breaking the cycle of poverty through their part time business. In tribal villages of south Rajasthan most of the children born with the debt and join the labor jobs at early age to repay the debts.
Here I am enlisting some of the successful and pathbreaking students enterprise. You can also see the videos.
- Response to COVID 19 through innovating contactless hand sanitiser dispenser. The product is made by waste material, woods and affordable to everyone.
- Contactless water dispenser Machine: our makers observe that all people touches the water sources at public places and many of them drink water to mouth directly you the tap. These practices can spread virus very rapidly so they devise this solution of contactless water dispenser.
- Reusable sanitary Napkin from banana fibre and cotton cloth: An affordable, reusable and biodegradable product for women living at villages.
- Affordable desk for everyone
To set up one community Lab we need 2 lac rupee that accommodate 1000 students for 1 year with 3 micro maker lab and one maker Lab. These lab facilitated by the local youth (trained facilitator by us). Some of the students project also funded by the community and Panchayat so this money help us to buy the consumable resources like electronics materials, tablet and mechanical equipment. 30 % of money go to students projects , 30% of money go to volunteer training and capacity development in terms of learning different courses like robotics and coding. 40 % of money go to buy logistics and equipment to set up maker Lab.