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Waste to Wealth. Presented by Somnath Pyne Secretary, Freed. The F orce for R ural E mpowerment and E conomic D evelopment 128/18, Hazra Road, 1st Floor Kolkata, India +91.33.6450.6521 Mobile - +919830168269 FREED.org / W: www.thefreed.org

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Waste to wealth
Waste to Wealth

Presented by


Secretary, Freed

Waste to wealth


F orce for

R ural

E mpowerment and

E conomic

D evelopment

128/18, Hazra Road, 1st Floor

Kolkata, India


Mobile - +919830168269

FREED.org / W: www.thefreed.org


A sustainable business plan
A Sustainable Business Plan


Abundant waste lands

  • The waste land is a result of soil erosion, arid nature and also mining activity.

  • The waste land in addition to strip of roadsides railways tracks canal banks can be planted with Jatropha - a plant which bears a fruit which yields an oil which can be used with minerals with mineral diesel oil.

  • FREED creates livelihood for marginal population with income opportunities.

  • Thus creating economic development, reducing their cost of oil consumption, and meeting mandates to use renewable energy.


  • There is approximately 60 million hectares of wasteland in India and more than 421 million Indians below the poverty line in 8 states. The disadvantaged people do not have access to sustainable livelihoods and suffer from a social environment that worsens over time.

  • About 1,65,000 hectares is waste lands in the West Bengal.

  • Freed trains Self Help Groups that undertake cultivation and fuel extraction, providing marginal population with income opportunities.

Producing livelihood and energy
Producing Livelihood and Energy

  • By turning the wastelands in India into jatropha plantations to improve the environment and produce bio-fuel.

  • Local marginalized women are employed to cultivate the land which increases their income potential and raises the standard of living.

  • Utilizing waste lands and unused manpower bio-energy is produced which is very valuable to meet the needs of a fast growing economy.

Investment required
Investment Required

  • $500,000 USD of seed capital is required to develop each 300Ha. unit project. Grants are needed to fund a unit project for which land has been allocated. Grant amounts for subsequent unit projects will be lower because earned income will be used to fund new unit projects.

  • The Government supports it by funding through . MNREGA , CSR funding is available.

  • The environment protection and pollution control regulations also support this program.


  • As per directive and recommendation of the Govt. of India all oil marketing companies are to use 20% biodiesel from 2016 – a goal to improve environment, save and stretch the reserve of fossil fuel. As such buyback arrangements with the oil companies/the coal producer. Indian Railways/ National Thermal Power Company etc. can be made as a back to back support.


  • The local women is trained to undertake all the operations including planting, maintaining, guarding, harvesting. The cost of labour becomes economical helps the women to achieve a better living standard.

  • The various projects for eg. MNREGA and other similar schemes of the Govt. can be utilized for the innovative social entrepreneurship mode.

  • The role of the private sector will be immensely important in providing the seeding / the technology for improved production, as buyer of Jatropha oil, and provider of technical solution for oil extraction and esterification.

Validation associations
Validation & Associations

  • The Freed model waste to wealth has been accepted at GSBI program, Santa Clara University USA.

  • GSBI is associated with World Bank, Scholls Foundation and Ashoka among others.

  • Freed works with leading PSUs of India and the local and Central Government.

  • Universities and Academic Institution are also partners.


  • Thus by utilizing waste lands, we can produce energy, livelihood as well as wealth.

  • The environmental quality improves by the cultivation of Jatropha.

  • The people will get employment.

  • The cultivation is quite chip because no fertilizer is required.

  • It replaces imported fossil fuels and qualifies for carbon credits.