Improving the world by entrepreneurial action : Story of Enactus, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata

Updated: Dec 22, 2021

With an objective of inclusive growth, Enactus SXC believes in elevating society to a level that witnesses equality, gaiety, and justice. With a head for business and heart for the world, through social entrepreneurship, they aim to transform innovation into action and action into progress.

Started in 2016 by Enactus St Xavier’s, Project Kalakriti aims at improving indoor air quality by replacing the bouquet gifting culture with air-purifying plants in eco-friendly pots. Restoring the balance of flora, invigorating the dying art of pottery, and uplifting the underprivileged sections of the society have been the prime areas of focus of the project. For this, team Enactus has collaborated with Hope Foundation, Kolkata; whose community boys now run the project. With more than 3500 pots sold so far, Kalakriti has positively affected the environment and has uplifted the neglected section of the society along with wishing health and happiness to all of its customers.

In 2018, team Enactus SXC started to provide filtered water at a low price to the communities in West Bengal. With the introduction of Project Shuddhi, they now offer a gravitational water filter that uses a low-cost filtration technique, thereby providing purified water at a cost lower than 0.1 rupees per liter. The non-electric filter comprises a trail candle, a mineral cartridge, and a mechanism that allows overnight filtration of water which helps in eliminating impurities, dust particles, bad odor, and turbidity. Shuddhi, by bringing in portable water solutions at affordable prices, aims to quench the thirst of parched throats who struggle to afford clean water.

People’s occupation in the Village of Naya near West Bengal is to make paintings using a 2000-year-old art form, ‘Pattachitra’. This art form has lost its touch in the state of West Bengal due to the massive rural-urban gap. To revive the centuries-old art, team Enactus has connected the artists of Naya Village to the markets where they can sell their paintings. By eliminating the middleman and helping the artists indirectly sell the paintings to the customers at different exhibitions in the state, they have saved this art form from dying and have further helped the artists to become financially sound.

The team is smoothly functioning under the guidance of their staff coordinator, Dr. Arup Kumar Mitra, and their principal, Dr. Dominic Savio S. J. Currently, they are working on two potential projects; one challenge the monopoly of plastics in disposable utensil markets by the introduction of edible bowls and edible cutlery, and the second project deals with medicinal improvements in rural areas.

In conversation with Aditya Vikram Bajaj, Bachelor of Commerce, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.

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