Initiative: Sanitization and Hygiene Entrepreneurs (SHE)
Domain: Livelihoods, Health
High touch public spaces such as ambulances, police stations, etc. increase risk of transmission of infections and diseases, which poses a serious threat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Restricting access to the public is not always feasible. To reduce risk of infection while also creating a cadre of jobs, COVIDActionCollab (CAC) partner, Labournet, created the Sanitization and Hygiene Entrepreneurs (SHE) program. The SHE model seeks to build a tribe of ‘hygiene entrepreneurs’ who conduct on-demand sanitization of public and private spaces in gram panchayats (also known as GPs or village administrations). The program offers credit to sanitization and hygiene entrepreneurs (SHEs) to procure necessary cleaning tools, and connects them to a network of individuals and institutions seeking sanitization services. As of November 2020, there are over 300 SHEs working in 20 clusters, earning over INR 200 (twice the minimum wage of unskilled labour) in average daily income. The program has generated INR 15 lakhs income for SHEs and sanitized over 100 lakh square feet. The SHE program was piloted in Karnataka and is now looking for implementation and funding partners across India.