Mitigating Health Risks in the Pottery Sector : Case Study in Kumbharwada, Mumbai (India)

Kumbharwada located in the Dharavi slum of Mumbai is a community of some 1 200 families, about half of which are involved in pottery production. The activity generates little income and harmful health and environmental effects due to the technology used. Potters rely on cheap fuel (cotton dust and oil-soaked cotton) to fire their brick kilns, producing heavy air pollution and contributing to major health problems in the surrounding area.

This project aims to introduce, facilitate and document social and environmental change in Kumbharwada. A key component will be the introduction of gas kilns to replace the traditional brick ones. The new technology will significantly reduce emissions, enhance efficiency and make it possible to diversify the product.

A number of complementary activities will also be carried out, including the introduction of refinements to pottery tools and ergonomics; vocational training for young people; health and nutrition education; alternative livelihoods; and skills upgrading in the areas of pottery diversification and marketing.

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Start Date

Monday, May 14, 2007

End Date

Thursday, February 25, 2010


36 months

IDRC Officer

Boischio, Ana Amelia

Total funding

CA$ 300,000


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Suresh KT


Youth for Unity & Voluntary Action

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