Appropriate Technologies are solutions to poverty that fit the local context. These methods are human-scale, low-cost and environmentally friendly.
The creation and delivery of appropriate knowledge is part of Jeevika Trust’s mission. This means human-scale, low-cost, environmentally-friendly, people-centred solutions to village problems. For example, in the context of social housing, building a low-cost, locally-resourced house with interlocking, mortar-free soil blocks is an appropriate ‘technology’, while engaging the community to take ownership of the process may be called an appropriate ‘methodology’.
Like Schumacher, we believe that a ‘gift of knowledge’ is infinitely preferable to a gift of material things. The gift of material goods makes people dependent, but the gift of knowledge makes them free.