Initially, we focused on a better collecting device but our seniors gave us advice to work and improve a current machine made by someone (here is the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RPDGaGJhNs2NSc-xwendzdDAaiRTxDrE/view?usp=drivesdk). We talked to him face to face. We also gave him a idea to make their machine work well, but due to unknown reasons we are not able to come in touch with him. But his machine also had a drawback that it can’t work in the corners. Hence, due to many reasons and shortage of time (as we spend much time in realizing each and every problems well) we changed our problem statement and decided to work on the design of the broom itself to reduce pain and increase efficiency of the sweepers.
First of all, we choose this problem because this is a very major issue in whole India. We tried to understand their daily life and challenges during sweeping. We also tried to investigate the role of different apparatus of state machinery and their attitude towards these people. We found their situation is very pathetic and they are in margin and in unwritten world. There is need to eradicate this manual practice at earliest and make them self independent and skilful to live a life of dignity and respect. A thing to note is this that, while consuming goods/products it is individual’s property, but after consuming it, they don’t care about it at all, why? Also, the minimum wages of any government worker is 500 rupees per day, but they only get 300 rupees per day. According to our observation they need support of both people and the government, but at the same time we realized that if any of them improves (either people or the government) then it will help improve other. People should realize the importance and help them for e.g. let us imagine when the sweeper comes, everyone should come out from their home and bring the garbage present in the front of their home to the centre of the road as mechanical based garbage picking machines are already made but the problem is they can’t work in the corners because of the parked vehicles (acts as hurdle to the machine). If we only device a mechanism to ease their work then it is not a complete solution because ultimately the system is making them to sweep and they are not getting the respect they need, so public involvement is must. Their happiness is the only motive and motivation for us.
Link: We decided to provide hinge (universal joint) to the broom which will decrease the work of their upper hand which they use to provide axis for the circular motion of the broom. Also we made the broom light weight as bamboo is heavy. The bamboo they use easily pierce their hand after long use hence we used aluminium rod which is light, provides better grip and it is safe for hands. The hinge used also increased efficiency of cleaning. We want to give a solution to them which can be made easily with the existing products they use and which are easily available in the market.
Manufacturing Capacity: b) Design Support, c) Sub-contracting