Mumbai Women's Biodigester Project

Diagrammatic Summary of the Nisargruna Technology, developed by BARC

The wastepicker community in Mumbai is the poorest of the poor and more so for the women who make up 85% of this community. Additionally, an estimated 3,000 tons of organic waste is produced daily, generating greenhouse gas emissions and polluting waterways. In 2011, CoLab partnered with Stree Mukti Sanghatana (SMS), a women’s liberation organization based in Mumbai that uses the Nisargruna biodigester technology, which generates biogas and high-grade fertilizer, to create jobs for women wastepickers.

In June through August 2012 a multi-disciplinary team of students from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the Sloan Business School, and D-Lab will work with SMS in Mumbai to replicate the biogas facilities in five additional cities and prepare for implementation of a learning hub that teaches women wastepickers business administration skills, as well as how to collect and sort organic waste and how to maintain a Nisargruna biodigester facility.

    Student Affiliates:

    Anna Gross and Claire Markgraf


    Libby McDonald