Namita Banka

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Banka BioLoo

Namita Banka

2013 Laureate for Asia-Pacific

Being a Cartier Awards Laureate has really opened up doors for me
Helping bring waste management awareness to the masses in India
Interview conducted in Alwar, Rajasthan, India

In a country which is still at an embryonic stage in waste management, Namita is creating ripples with her solution: bio-toilets. After winning the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards in 2013, Namita has come a long way. “Cartier gave me everything. It transformed my vision of doing business.” Banka BioLoo has grown exponentially in the last three years - geographically and financially.

Namita strongly advocates the need for every household to have a toilet. To make this happen, Banka BioLoo has a practical solution which comes at an affordable price. This is where Namita puts her skills to navigate through difficult situations to use. She has been able to convince corporate giants to contribute under corporate social responsibility to help bring bio-toilets to the marginalized sections of the society. “I am willing to take a risk in business but I will never downgrade the product.”

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Namita strongly advocates the need for every household to have a toilet. To make this happen, Banka BioLoo has a practical solution which comes at an affordable price. This is where Namita puts her skills to navigate through difficult situations to use. She has been able to convince corporate giants to contribute under corporate social responsibility to help bring bio-toilets to the marginalized sections of the society. “I am willing to take a risk in business but I will never downgrade the product.”

Indian business lobbies such as the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and several other consultancies reach out to Namita for advice. Her multi-pronged approach and understanding in a sector which was traditionally believed to be a bastion of NGOs, is much sought after. Her association with Indian corporate giants such as Havells, GAIL, Dalmia Bharat, Shapoorji Pallonji are a testimony to her work. “Being a Cartier Awards Laureate has really opened up doors for me. People are willing to give me a chance.”

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The Cartier experience transformed my vision of doing business

It will take two decades for the nation to reach a stage where it can make significant change through policies. Building her business gradually, Namita believes she can guide India’s society to a better future. “I am preparing for the day when every household will require a sewage treatment facility. I will be the first one to be able to provide for the market.”

Namita wakes up every day with one dream: to build 100,000 toilets by 2019. In her fourth year now, she has hired a Chief Executive Officer and her husband, Sanjay Banka, has joined the team as Managing Director. This enabled her to slowly move away from day-to-day operations and work towards her vision. “I strongly believe that the key to a woman’s health is having a toilet. Our focus on sanitation and building toilets gives me immense satisfaction.”

With such a level of confidence, there can be no doubt that she is in for the long haul.