Good Businesses 2014

Making sure nothing goes waste

Banka Bioloo uses bio-digester technology to create hygienic solutions for human waste disposal

Harsha Vadlamani

As 40 workers put together metal plates, fix screws and tighten bolts in tandem, loud bangs and the screech of cutting metal is enough to drown out almost every sound. Namita Banka raises her voice to be heard over the din of the factory behind her. “Log sochte hain ki bathroom ka matlab gandagi aur badboo hai (people think bathrooms mean dirt and stench),” says the 41-year-old founder of Banka Bioloo. “We are trying to show them this is not always the case.”