From a doll in a glass…
Bengaluru-based Chinnmaye Praveen, Strategic Head, GeWinn Wachstum, is an
accomplished Entrepreneur. With the right spirit and determination, she converted a
perceived disadvantage (of being a woman in an orthodox society) into a glorious
opportunity and launched a mission to ensure safe, drinking water through GeWinn
Wachstum which is into catering the societal need of furnishing pure drinking water to
communities by installing water kiosks. Chinmayee is also the Founder Director of Vistaara
foundation, Vice president of Public relations Council of India’s Bengaluru chapter and
Member - WEFT Foundation and Water board, South zone. Image Influencer catches up with
Chinmayee with a brief tete-e-tete via Whatsapp. Exerpts.
I am an entrepreneur by profession and social activist by passion. With my own dreams and
thoughts, I transformed myself into a leader-in-a-mass from a doll-in-a glass.
To build a healthy nation by understanding the community needs.
What prompted her to take up this venture?
The concern on impact of health and wellness of grassroot strata, provide communities
access to safe drinking water. The passion since my childhood to be socially responsible and
serve the society in whatever way I could, made me choose this venture. It was an
opportunity to convert my vision to action.
Her journey with this idea, investment and achievements
My organisation is a decade old, My journey with this idea encouraged me to become an
entrepreneur paving way to address the biggest concern of community, equitable access to
safe and affordable drinking water without any discrimination, contributing to sustainable
development, improving standards of living and progressive reduction of ill health issues
mainly in the vulnerable section of the society. It was bootstrapped initiative. Installed
about 600 Drinking Water Kiosks in ten years across Karnataka
Achievements: Proudly say we have transformed many litter-dumped areas to resourceful
spaces by installing the drinking water kiosks. Soul satisfied to say women empowerment is
visibly mounting, as the job at our end doesn't demand big educational qualification or
technical know-how. Women empowerment was and is the central idea. Undoubtedly, the
community-based project made a huge impact by providing safe drinking water to stay
healthy to the neglected strata of the society.
For installation and commission of drinking water kiosks, we need from different arenas
such as electricians, plumbers and painters. Thus, we have been able to create employment
to physically challenged and uneducated youths, giving them an opportunity to work with
dignity of labour.
Cost of the kiosks
Ranges from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 12 lakh depending on capacity and ground water purities.
Corporates with CSR funding do chip in. The group also participates in Government tenders.
We want to contribute to socio-economic development by reduction of capital cost with
efficiency driven machines. We will explore