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Taking Banking to Rural Women

The all-women bank started by Lakhimi Baruah in Assam, India provides small, soft loans to women for needs like tin sheets, construction of rooms and safe drinking water.

( Source: The Weekend Leader, Posted: Apr 22, 2014)
 
Action Cop

N Dilip Kumar, an IPS officer, used spy cameras and conducted sting operations to nab corrupt officials. Now he is drafting the Lokpal bill.

( Source: The Weekend Leader, Posted: Apr 15, 2014)
 
The Rickshaw Bank Project

Every month about 40 or 50 people become proud owners of new, sleek, aerodynamic rickshaws in Assam, thanks to a Rickshaw Bank started in 2004 by a veterinary doctor, Pradip Kumar Sarmah.

( Source: The Weekend Leader, Posted: Apr 8, 2014)
 
Futuristic Libraries of Myanmar

Universities in Myanmar have been given e-libraries with hundreds of thousands of digital books and academic journals to help them catch up after decades of isolation under military rule.

( Source: BBC, Posted: Apr 2, 2014)
 
Weekend Harvest

A growing community of Bangaloreans spend their weekends farming. They courier seeds to each other, barter saplings, excitedly share pictures of their produce, celebrate Kitchen Garden Day every 28 August and constantly look for ways to spread the message of food from your garden.

( Source: OpenTheMagazine, Posted: Mar 26, 2014)
 
The Bird Man of Kheechaan

Ratanlal Maloo has single-handedly called over 15,000 Demoiselle Cranes to his little hamlet in Rajasthan from their homes in Mongolia and Eurasia, as annual guests, and created a sanctuary worth visiting.

( Source: TheBetterIndia, Posted: Mar 25, 2014)
 
Ability in Disability

Since age 5, Mahendra Pratap lost all his four limbs. Once a grateful recipient of a scholarship that helped him complete his studies, he is now a giver of scholarships and also participates in policy making.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 19, 2014)
 
Chennai City Opens Dog Shelter

This facility is built for the purpose of admitting sick, injured and disabled dogs. It will also have an animal birth control theatre.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Mar 11, 2014)
 
Catering Service for Destitutes in Chennai

From April 2013, Abraham has been scouring the streets of Chennai, six days a week, for destitute people to whom he could extend an arm of kindness with a packet of food and a sachet of water.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Mar 5, 2014)
 
Taking Women to Greater Heights

Thinlas Chorol has, against all odds, launched a travel company to create employment opportunities for women in Ladakh.

( Source: The Weekend Leader, Posted: Feb 25, 2014)
 
Building A School And Saving A Tribe

A wonderful bunch of good samaritans have come together to help the Toto tribe get quality education for their children and preserve their rich linguistic traditions.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Feb 19, 2014)
 
An Undying Legacy of Love

Raghu Makwana who passed awa recently in a road accident lost his legs to polio as a child. But he did not let that stop him from serving the world.

( Source: servicespace.org, Posted: Feb 12, 2014)
 
Connecting Artisans to Consumers

Medhavi was 22 when she started Happy Hands for working towards the revival and development of indigenous arts and crafts across the country.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Feb 5, 2014)
 
Ending Open Defecation Successfully

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Indian states of Sikkim, Haryana and Jharkhand have shown success by laying stress on behavioural change and disapprove of government subsidy to install toilets.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Jan 27, 2014)
 
WonderLOO - Street Urinals that Work!

One of the biggest success stories of The Ugly Indian campaign has been the successful installation and working of the waterless, odorless, always clean street urinals that work.

( Source: The Ugly Indian, Posted: Jan 19, 2014)
 
I Got Garbage

I got garbage in Banglaore aims to change waste management by transforming the way rag pickers live.

( Source: yourstory.com, Posted: Jan 14, 2014)
 
Faceless Wonder

He helps students from poor families to pursue their higher studies and trains many for competitive exams, but shies away from publicity.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Jan 7, 2014)
 
Fighting for a Different Kind of Freedom

Whether through love for his country or love for his fellow human beings, the 96 year old Sudhanshu Biswas teaches the values of compassion, perseverance and belief in purpose.

( Source: TheBetterIndia, Posted: Jan 1, 2014)
 
Adding Life to Terminally Ill Children

In Mumbai, Mansi Shah and Abhishek Tatiya are hoping to provide holistic support through Happy Feet Home, a daytime center that will offer counseling and activities for families of children in their last days.

( Source: HuffingtonPost, Posted: Dec 24, 2013)
 
Apartments Show the Way to Waste Management

In Whitefield, Bangalore, Sangeeta Venkatesh spent many hours visiting various communities that willingly came forward to be assessed on how they well the communities were managing waste and segregating. What she learnt was an eye opener. The results presented a mixed bag.

( Source: TheAlternative, Posted: Dec 17, 2013)
 
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