Subhechha Manandhar via web
“RainCAP” arrived at SmartPaani’s office on 25th November 2016. Durable and flexible food-grade water tank that is cost-competitive and easier to install than concrete water tanks plus earthquake resistance are some of this product’s notable features that attracted SmartPaani’s attention. RainCAP stands for Rainwater Collection And Purification where a filter is placed before the water is routed to the tank. Palungtar of Gorkha was the project location where NEWAH with whom SmartPaani is working for this project had indentified “Janata Higher Secondary School” as the beneficiary institution of 20m3 RainCAP. Measurements and dimensions of the tank were provided earlier on which basis digging of pit was started a week ahead. In order to provide higher technical assistance to NEWAH technicians SmartPaani had invited a senior technician Theo from AAWS (RainCAP) for the same. On 28th November Theo along with an experienced team from SmartPaani reached project site. Engaging private sector in developing sustainable wash services was fully been seen happening in the next 2days work plan. By the end of third day 20m3 Raincap was installed and done!
While RainCAP was being installed at one end of the corner on the other side, SmartPaani was also providing business and skill development training to five of the WASH entrepreneurs which were trained by NEWAH earlier on technical parts. These entrepreneurs received plumbing and mason training from NEWAH earlier on July and they had opened their own WASH Shop. For smooth functioning of a business there requires a proper balance of technical and business skill sets, which were provided to these entrepreneurs in 1 and ½ day session. The training module was built taking into consideration the demographics of trainees and their background. Marketing, business development ideas and financial statements were illustrated. At the end of last day each of the trainees had their own version of business model canvas and a business plan to further their business.
Now the next phase of SmartPaani would be replication of same with BSP-Nepal in their project area (Salyan) where two units of 10m3 RainCAP will be installed at individual household level followed by business development training to households who have rainwater harvesting attached with biogas.