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  project name ~ Srinivasan Saathiship

category ~ Saathi




  Project Name


Srinivasan Saathiship



Exnora Green Cross









Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


Rs 200000


  Year Approved







1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10     

  Chapter Coordinators


Shrish Paranjpe
Vijay Venkatraman







Srinivasan in his rooftop vegetable garden – he grows most vegetables in biodegradable containers, all using waste water from the kitchen.





This is a Saathiship proposal for Mr. C. Srinivasan.

Having understood that social, environmental and economic problems facing the society are interconnected, he has successfully demonstrated that one can provide the solution to another, resulting in an overall improvement in the quality of life of the people.

His areas of focus have primarily been on reforestation, solid waste management and cattle rescue in the Vellore hills.

Srinivasan’s ideas, motivation, energy, enthusiasm, and commitment are an asset to any organization he is part of. Not confrontational , but rather collaborative, Srinivasan now has direct access to most government officials in Tamil Nadu. Most of his projects are replicable, and hence could be taken to different parts of the country through the vast AID network of individual saathis and organizations, making him a great asset to the organization.





Srinivasan has designed an innovative and scalable solution to managing solid waste and has generated more than 1,000 jobs, mostly for poor women (also men), who form self-help groups. Srinivasan has saved more than 200 cattle from being slaughtered and is using their dung and urine to generate biogas in 6 plants and for composting in 40 projects, which have so far generated 50,000 tonnes of good quality manure to be used instead of chemical fertilizers by the farmers. This compost is also being used in 4 organic vegetable roof gardens, which improve nutrition levels of people and increases greenery in the city. He has also designed a scheme whereby people can register to have coconut trees planted on their wedding and birthdays. 22 poor villagers previously involved in environmentally destructive (felling trees) activities are working full time to restore the Vellore Hills (rain water harvesting and afforestation) involving 5 villages. The funding for all these various projects comes from numerous small sources, providing an opportunity for thousands of people to be involved in the projects. Srinivasan is working to make the Hill Restoration project self-sustaining by promoting eco-tourism on the fort hills. He also works to rehabilitate the prison workers by developing prison complexes into beautiful gardens and groves.





Srinivasans work integrates reforestation, solid waste management, livelihood generation and cattle rescue. His models in SWM have been applied throughout Vellore District and is being adopted widely in TN and elsewhere. Training more experts is one of his goals.



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