Good Businesses 2013

Drink to good health

Healthpoint Services is addressing clean drinking water and healthcare needs in rural communities

Photographs by Bhupinder Singh

The walls of Kashmir Singh’s two-room home are covered with religious images — calendar posters of Dera (sectarian) leaders brush shoulders with an image of Krishna that is cheek by jowl with a Guru Nanak print. But more than a shifting or wavering faith, perhaps the panoply speaks of Singh’s need for blessings from whichever deity is listening. The 26-year-old illiterate labourer shares his home with his parents, wife and two children, in village Mallan, Muktsar district, a stone’s throw from the lavish villas, glistening green fields and tractors that immediately come to mind when you think of Punjab’s farmers.