Cook & SOAPI, the group of trainees who won the first prize in the sanitation contest of FINISH in de category of superstructure are setting up a pilot project in Musiri, Tamil Nadu, India.
The six trainees, now mostly former trainees, are busy working on improving the design, developing a business model and working on a pilot system to implement in Musiri, India.
Since the announcement of winning the prize at World Water Day 2011 the group has been working to develop their idea from a concept phase into realization. They attended several workshops to gain more knowledge and to broaden their network. They presented their case at the IWA-conference for Young Water Professionals in the Benelux in Leuven, Belgium. They submitted their business proposal at the BiD-book (Business in Development) of Aqua for All and Netherlands Water Partnership. And they joined the Wetsus Rabobank Water Business Challenge.
A group of students of Saxion University helped them with a marketing plan and a group of students of TU-Delft is working on a proposal to fine-tune the design in order to start up a pilot in Musiri, Tamil Nadu, India.
Originally the design was made for rural areas, but the group is also looking into other options, including implementation in peri urban areas or at conflict areas as the need for sanitation in these areas is high as well.
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