Creating a Self-Sustainable Community
A Smart Village is a place where people have access to basic life services — quality education, healthcare, sanitation — and sustainable energy resources.
It’s a place where local business have room to flourish and support the livelihoods of people.
It’s a place where the community is active, informed and engaged at all levels, and ultimately feels empowered to make decisions on the future.
Urbanisation – India’s future problem
About 200 million people will move within India in the next 15 years from rural to urban areas – putting more pressure on already overcrowded urban centres.
A lack of non-agricultural job creation combined with a skills shortage in the rural labour force are creating pressing issues. The rural poor face a complex web of challenges: Health education, energy, income, lack of infrastructure, corruption, bad governance, each of these issues impacts the others, creating a constant movement of people seeking better lives in urban areas and degrading rural communities.
Complex problems need complex solutions
We are rebuilding the opportunities for rural populations in their villages, transforming rural India into a place of opportunity and prosperity through a Smart Village approach.
The heart of a Smart Village is the community centre. We built our first one in our model village of Tirmasahun, Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. Run on solar power, it serves as the focal point for classes, village meetings, health clinics, drop-in services, internet access, business operations and much more.