Over 20 Potter Communities Trained
Daily Dump’s work over the years has also had a positive impact on the livelihoods of the traditional potter community, who make our signature terracotta composters.
India had a very rich tradition of pottery and potters were respected craftspeople who contributed to the social, cultural and economic fabric of society. Now, potters children do not want to continue learning and practicing this craft.
Our products support and raise the value of this sector. Potters make more money in the clusters we work with than they did before they made our Composters - the Kambha, etc. Their value among their peers in their village has also risen because of coverage of their work in the press. We continue to engage and understand their aspirations, their notions of wellbeing and their work to learn and build solutions that can help. In one region because of our work, the state government invested in land and a common soil processing plant for the potter community and the second generation has decided to grow their enterprises instead of seeking jobs in the cities.
We have trained 20 potter clusters all over India and one in the UK and one in Chile in the making of our composter designs. Some of them are able to directly sell our designs through other channels in the market without our help.
Halting Migration to the cities
The next generation choose to continue working in the craft in the village where we began our production. This photo has the local MP with all the young potter professionals, whose fathers have all worked on our products.
Using a mould to make the Kambha
In Ahmedabad the potters creat a mould to make the Kambhas instead of using the wheel to throw the pot.
Mastery of the craft
A master potter puts the finishing touches to a leave-it-pot in Pokhran.
The community of potters who began creating the composters for India
The village where we began has seen increased incomes for the potter families and lots of product diversity emerging over the years.
Women lead on product finishing
In Hyderabad a woman potter finishes the Kambha unit and makes sure the holes are all in place for aeration.
Production on site
The pots are fired in batches of 50 - 60 in the kiln and the facilities have expanded over time in this village.
Production in Dubri, Assam
We did a project with the Assam Government to install 220 Kambhas in homes to encourage composting.
Prototyping our signature terracotta composters
It has been very rewarding partnering with these skilled and enthusiastic craftspeople.
A Siliguri potter reads the drawing in a way that the holes become too large
We tried making pots in one village in Rajasthan and the clay was too brittle and we had to stop
Potters all over the country have made these by seeing a drawing or on request
Quality control is very hard to implement in remote areas
Wall made out of chipped Kambha and composter units. Potter proudly displays his innovation
Potter at the inauguration ceremony of his new shed
The Government built a common soil processing plant for the potter cluster in Ganatvuru
The first plane ride for Ramakrishnappa with Daily Dump
Prototyping our first Kambha in 2005 in Gantavuru
The different models of composters drying out in the Rajasthan sun