Anita Ahuja
Conserve India

Anita has been working for 20 years with waste pickers on landfill sites in New Delhi. She funded in 1998 "conserve India" to deal with the big issues of wastes in New Delhi and to fight against poverty, allowing ragmen assuming responsabilities thanks to employment and social investment.

In 2010 she got in touch with the Forum on overcoming extreme poverty, received the Letter to the Friends of the World, and finding it “very inspiring” she asked to become a correspondent of the Forum on overcoming extreme poverty.

Currently, Conserve India employs and trains hundreds of people who live in the most disadvantaged areas of Delhi. Together they are helping their communities to get rid of the big plastic problem. They turn the bags of waste into products that are sold with profits that are used in these same communities for education and welfare programmes.

Anita marks the World Day to Overcoming Extreme Poverty with Conserve India employees. On 17 October, she participated in the consultation on the choice of the Theme. Her story of commitment has been published in the Lettre aux Amis du Monde, and recently she has participated in the reflection around the research on the hidden dimensions of poverty.


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