Good Businesses 2014

A reservoir of hope

Naireeta is tackling the issue of water logging by creating underground reservoirs through an innovative method

Photographs by Soumik Kar

There stands a lonesome neem tree in the village of Mota Joravarpura, surrounded by acres of flat brown earth waiting to be cultivated. Cowherds sit underneath its shade in the heat haze and enjoy a simple lunch, while their cattle graze in a field nearby. Keshaben, an outspoken Gujarati woman in her late 40s, is contemptuous of the vehicle that transported her from the village centre to this clearing on the outskirts. “Your A/C is no good,” she says. “This is our very own natural A/C. We like to sit under this tree and enjoy the cool breeze.”