Wastepickers' community development plan
The main objective of the project is social and economic empowerment of waste pickers. Avani has educated waste pickers on their constitutional rights as Indian citizens. So far, almost 800 women have received identification cards, resulting in an increase in status and self-confidence. Avani waste pickers are now saving nearly 100 rupees a month for their pay, and almost 400 women have joined self-help groups, allowing them to take out loans for medical and educational expenses at reasonable interest rates.