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From a doll in glass to...(Enterprise)

Bengaluru-based Chinnmaye Praveen, Strategic Head, GeWinn Wachstum, is an accomplished Entrepreneur. With the right spirit and determination, she converted a perceived disadvantage (of being a woman in an orthodox society) into a glorious opportunity and  launched a mission to ensure safe, drinking water through GeWinn Wachstum which is into catering the societal need of furnishing pure drinking water to communities by installing water kiosks. Chinmayee is also the Founder Director of Vistaara foundation, Vice president of Public relations Council of India’s Bengaluru chapter and Member - WEFT Foundation and Water board, South zone. BusonessJoiurnalist catches up with Chinmayee with a brief tete-e-tete via Whatsapp. Exerpts.

About herself

I am an entrepreneur by profession and social activist by passion. With my own dreams and thoughts, I transformed myself into a leader-in-a-mass from a doll-in-a glass.

The Mission

To build a healthy nation by understanding the community needs.

What prompted her to take up this venture?

The concern on impact of health and wellness of grassroot strata, provide communities access to safe drinking water. The passion since my childhood to be socially responsible and serve the society in whatever way I could, made me choose this venture. It was an opportunity to convert my vision to action.

Her journey with this idea, investment and achievements

My organisation is a decade old, My journey with this idea encouraged me to become an entrepreneur paving way to address the biggest concern of community, equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water without any discrimination, contributing to sustainable development, improving standards of living and progressive reduction of ill health issues mainly in the vulnerable section of the society. It was bootstrapped initiative. Installed about 600 Drinking Water Kiosks in ten years across Karnataka

Achievements: Proudly say we have transformed many litter-dumped areas to resourceful spaces by installing the drinking water kiosks. Soul satisfied to say women empowerment is visibly mounting, as the job at our end doesn't demand big educational qualification or technical know-how. Women empowerment was and is the central idea. Undoubtedly, the community-based project made a huge impact by providing safe drinking water to stay healthy to the neglected strata of the society.

For installation and commission of drinking water kiosks, we need from different arenas such as electricians, plumbers and painters. Thus, we have been able to create employment to physically challenged and uneducated youths, giving them an opportunity to work with dignity of labour.

Cost of the kiosks

Ranges from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 12 lakh depending on capacity and ground water purity. Corporates with CSR funding do chip in. The group also participates in Government tenders.

Future plans:

We want to contribute to socio-economic development by reduction of capital cost with efficiency driven machines. We will explore the possibility of using IOT and ICT in existing plants, make remote monitoring to be mandatory on pending installations and work on people management to ensure confidence and competence go hand in hand.

Advice to fellow women:

Need to think different to cope up with this man's world. Progress doesn't mean parity; it's a vicious cycle but can be broken. Rely on your confidence, build a pool of talent and move ahead unmindful of initial hick-ups.