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Jan Vikas Society

Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India


Primary information

Year formed
Registered in
Formally registered
English, Hindi
Number of members
Type of members
Members are waste picker organizations, Members are waste pickers
Occupation of members
Waste pickers
Type of Organization
Association, Church organization, Community based organization, Network of cooperatives, Self-help group
Organizational Reach
Local, National
Workplace of members
Dumpsite, Fixed, Open, Recycling center, Street
To accompany the people at the bottom of the society the poorest, unorganized, oppressed, marginalized and in particular the waste picking women, working children, and the domestic workers. To create awareness in the people on the protection of environment and promote activities of environment protection, like the use of non-conventional energy, promotion of organic farming, water conservation etc. To educate and empower the unorganized laborers to work for their integral development by collective action through community based organizations like cooperative society and trade union, as they work to earn a living on a sustainable basis with dignity and self-respect. To restore confidence in the poor and the migrant job seekers in the city of Indore by enabling them for employment or self-employment through vocational training, skill development and capacity building.
Education and training
Cooperativism & solidarity economy, Hygiene education, Leadership training, Learning exchange, Mobilization, Rights & duties, Waste management
Partnering organizations
VIVAT International-ECOSOC, The Alliance of Indian Waste-Pickers, GAIA, IGSSS-Delhi, Misean Cara-Ireland, Divine Word Missionaries-USA, Austria & Germany, Don Bosco Tech-Delhi.
Aiw, Church organization, Civil society organization
Donor funded, Interest on loans, Membership fees
Internal elections
Women composition
100,0% Most of the members are women

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Member benefits
Child assistance programmes, Education programmes, Health care & insurance, Job creation & source of income, Legal assistance, Occupational health & safety, Savings or credit scheme, Social & pension benefits, Training & advocacy


What kind of relationship exists with the municipality?
Providers of infrastructure
How is the relationship with the municipality?
Conflictual and/or problematic, Excellent and/or friendly
Types of materials
Bottles, Cans, Glass, Household items, Metals, Paper and cardboard, Plastic, Plastics
Are they selling to middlemen?
Selling materials, Sensitization of locals, Sorting waste, Training and capacity building, Waste sorting
Sorting Spaces
Sorting center
Treatmet of organic materials
Challenges to access waste
Availability of waste, Exploitation, Harassment from authorities, Lack of education & training, Lack of infrastructure & resources, Lack of recognition, Price fluctuations of waste, Privatization

Complementary Information

Information source
Jan Vikas Society provided the information to the Alliance of Indian Wastepickers secretariat.

Comments / Narrative

“Janvikas” is an NGO based in Indore, in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. It was started in the year 2001 as an organ for social action in Indore. On 23rd April 2003, it became a Registered Society, under the Madhya Pradesh Societies Registration Act 1973, with the registration No.IND/6857. Janvikas has also been registered under section12-A (a) of the Income Tax Act 1961. The Income Tax Department has awarded the rank of 80-G to Janvikas Society, recognizing its services in the field of Child Labour and care to the poor and the marginalized groups of people.

Solidarity with the poor and the marginalized people in society is the main concern in all our activities. Janvikas works for the integral development of the underprivileged and marginalized people, who are deprived of their right to live as dignified and responsible citizens because of their ignorance, illiteracy and poverty.

Janvikas pays special attention to the welfare of the unorganized labourers, waste picking women and children, unemployed youth, street children, migrant and nomadic people. We collaborate with everyone making effort to create an environment of justice, peace and integrity of creation.

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