"It means a full, hands on eduction in Business, Design,
People, Survival, Philosophy, Humour......and Life!!!!
While you're busy solving the waste problem...you
unknowingly just learn all this along the way,
Dude, its intense!!! "
"Be prepared to fight a crisis everyday even though you know that there is no end to it!
Get the words 'very good idea'/ 'excellent work' everyday from different people, you get to sit with your core team and have fun in highly important meetings.
You get to wake up every morning and feel good that you are going to meet a lot of people, most of whom you don't know and are different from those you met yesterday."
Whenever one or the other customer appreciates
the composting process and shares their joy,
the whole feeling of "little drops make the mighty ocean" hits
and I feel happy that I am part of the ocean.
Savita G V
What it means to me to work here :
1. It means HOPE that this earth, and Bangalore in particular can be preserved
2. Meeting like minded eco sensitive people
3. An energizing, creative environment where new ideas are thought of and implemented
4. I love meeting people here. Even if they enter the door to find out about waste/ composting they are already nice people
"It's about learning to deal with all kinds of
situations, perceptions, behaviour and conditioning -
both in the world outside and even more so within.
Working here is about joining the dots and closing the loop,
it feels like putting a finger on the pulse of palpable change and
being a part of making it happen"
The world of work is changing. Organisations are being re-defined. Our space is also experimenting with new ways of engaging with each other and with the vision on hand. We have the people who form the roots of our space. They have roots in the space, they have been around off and on, and are committed to the long term growth of this space. There are the shoots, who are new, waiting to see if they will grow here or move elsewhere. And then there are the seeds, the result of maturing in our space, young people who learn here and then go out and grow their roots elsewhere and perhaps come back to root here.
Kallappa is a very small built man who who loves getting on the bus to service someone in a far off corner of Bangalore and walks about 20 kms eveyr day which is the secret to his fitness. He can recognize done compost by just looking at it and is the backbone of the service system, having worked with Daily dump since 2006.
Ammu helps to plan and service our customers, calling to fix appointments for our visits. As the 'child' of the office, she gets yelled at and pampered by everyone. She is has fought with everyone in the team at some point and laughed hard with everyone too. Ammu used to work as a montessori teaching assistant before joining Daily Dump and has learned Tally, ERP and other accounting software to better her skills.
Thabita is the most soft spoken person in the team and through she may seem small, she is a skilled worker who will not wait for people to get things done. She has worked in an administrative role for many years, is quite a perfectionist and is the glue to our operations staff. She manages hectic operations with calmness and attention to detail.
Head of Customer Services
Savi came to Daily Dump as a volunteer back in 2006 and has since worked in so many roles and each one of them fits her like a glove. She currently is our customer relationship co-coordinator. Her experience with medical transcriptions and the fact that she is also a customer of Daily Dump make her capable of fielding all kinds of customer queries. Savi is a diligent task buster, plant lover and friend of Daily Dump. She thinks she works on a flexi time format, but without her knowing we take over her full time!
Raj has been instrumental in us getting more focused on our growth as a business. His simple and effective way of thinking through marketing suited to our needs has helped the team immensely. So he is now co-opted as a DAILY DUMP team member for life!
On Maternity Leave
Anu trained as an accountant and is responsible to move us into the Pvt Limited format. Her frequent travelling is a standing joke at office and she still tries to cover it up. She feels that she has found a lot of inspiration here and it has opened her view to a whole lot of new ideas and people. Once she is serious about it, she would like to take care of a farm, document grandma recipes for good health, persuade villagers from migrating to cities, write a story and finish her to-do list. She is currently on maternity leave and we want her back sooner rather than later!
Itika can pretty much find a way to maneuver any task given to her. She is a trained Engineer who went on to explore the liberal arts through the Young India Fellowship. Her keen interest in philosophy and development gets us thinking about lots of big ideas, planes, cars and small ones too. She currently manages relationships with all our outreach partners and co-ordinates with potters on the production too. Itika is all set to wash India, clean India, shine India, fly India and who knows what else.
Poonam Bir Kasturi
Founder & Compostwali
Poonam wears many hats, the favorite of which is her 'witch hat'. She often pulls new & interesting things out of it that challenge her team.Poonam is trained as an Industrial Designer, has worked as a Design Educator and is now fondly known as Compostwali. She talks to trees, bacteria, clouds and keeps everyone on their toes. She bows to no one except the black soldier fly maggot.
Arjun Dev has held senior leadership roles in the IT industry in delivery, operations and domain consulting. He has worked with ADP Wilco, Genpact Headstrong Capital Markets and is currently working with ThoughtWorks. He has an MBA from IIM Bangalore and BE from NIT Surathkal. He brings in strong capabilities in strategy, setting up scalable operations, building strong customer relationships and grooming leaders. He is a co-founder of epapertoday.com that helps local newspapers come online at low cost. He loves trekking, bird watching, connecting with people, great food and road trips.
Meet our very own tall and suave "Aaga Man" of Daily Dump- Amar. Coming from Civil Engineering Background, our boy here got carried into the world of Social Change. His (in)famous forgetfulness gets him into trouble and often out of it as well. Loves reading, writing , poetry and everything about Manchester United and can travel at a drop of the hat. P.S Dont be surprised if you find a poem on Aaga in the near future. You will know who was behind it.
Prema keeps our retail space spotless, makes great chai, packs our various products and does lots of work behind the scenes to keep the Daily Dump wheels turning. Her smiling face and smart demeanor make us look forward to tea-time even more. She is the fashion diva of the company!
Marcy hails from the city of Los Angeles where she grew up afraid of dirt. It wasn't until she found herself teaching Garbology 101 to 4th standard students at Rishi Valley School that she really began to confront those fears head on. She caught the waste bug, which infected her with a desire to stop teaching and devote herself to cleaning up Bengaluru one child at a time.
You'll never find Chandru shirking work. Even as he recounts the anxiety of working earlier on his land in a drought prone village, he continues to smile...saying he is happy to have found work here. He is proud to work with compost and makes this resource available to urban dwellers so that they in turn may grow flowers, vegetables or an ornamental garden. Speak to him for 10 minutes and you too will begin to enjoy the smell and feel of soil. Chandru remains committed to ensuring that this 3 children are well educated.
Shivanand manages stock and purchase at Daily Dump. A new member to the Daily Dump team, he says he is learning how to multitask efficiently and hopes to be able to master it soon. He spends his free time outside working hours, catching up with his family on the phone- thrice a day !
Best Tea Maker
Sujathamma used to work at a sheet metal unit in her previous avatar. At Daily Dump, she is a part of much of the behind-the-scenes work, ensuring that customer's orders are packed and ready for delivery. In her own quiet way, she also keeps track and ensures the team's varied chai needs... What she truly enjoys, is packing compost!
Shekar found his way to Daily Dump, looking for work. He confesses to initially having serious misgivings about working with 'waste'. But after the first month of apprehensions, he decided to stick it out and make it work. Today, as a happy member of the services team, Shekar feels happy when he harvests compost for DailyDump's community customers. His years of experience of working in the field in his village ensures that he doesn't shy away from hard work.
Sid is a wandering engineer who is trying to find his place in the world and possibly leave his mark. After spending more than 4 years at a blue chip MNC, time was ripe for him to delve head first into a new challenge teeming with possibilities and energy. "That's when Daily Dump happened and it's the first time in a long time that work is fun. Who knew working in Waste Management could be this exciting?" he says. A trained dancer, a passionate foodie and an amateur movie critic, creativity is what drives him - and it may possibly drive him literally around the world (he hopes to walk across the globe from end to end one day without stopping). His penchant for PJs and love for travelling to strange lands might make him a strange bloke but be it work or otherwise, he strongly believe that positivity, humility and a smile can go a long way.
Everyone at Daily Dump is always wondering where Pratheek is. Sometimes it's because he's ventured out exploring. At other times he's sweeping the city, searching for new Aaga customers. But other times... we're just not so sure. Pratheek joined the Daily Dump almost a year ago, although he wasn't so sure what Daily Dump was all about. One year later he's come to enjoy the fun and challenging work environment of the Daily Dump - especially the fact that he's contributing helping keep trash of Bangalore's streets and perhaps even spread more nature around the city when people put their compost to work.
Vinita is one of those we've described earlier as being around off and on... She remains fascinated by the new lenses that Daily Dump continues to offer her on resources, human behaviour, design and nature. Her quiet and efficient ability to research, work and just be a good support are invaluable.
Ravi has a rich experience in industry. His enthusiastic and diligent efforts to harvest and service community solutions make him a much liked persona among our customers. His positive attitude keeps the services team energised.
Beulah is an old hand at Daily Dump. She has seen the company go through many avatars and she is loyal Daily Dumper. Her honesty and ability to manage cash makes her indispensable and valued. Her smiles and the fact that she knows the company for so long make her a customer contact person as well.
Even though Jordanna comes in only 3 times a week, she has so much to contribute that the whole team has a list of things for her to do when she arrives. Very willing and happy to get her hands dirty, Jordanna makes fun stories to help Daily Dump reach out to more people.
I am a daughter, sister, friend, wife, supermom, volunteer, runner, activist, epicurean, old school, late bloomer, alive, gutsy good-enoughist. Also events of my life thus far suggest that I may have been a Gladiator in my past life.
Why not join as an intern during college to get a good idea about people's perceptions towards waste and how to change them.
Come, spend your graduate gap year here - 8 to 12 months will grow your confidence and expose you all kinds of new ideas & work challenges.
Come & contribute to our growth story, spend at least 4 years with us, knowing that you are making some serious impact.
We think you can come and take over as CEO, our's really needs a break!
We are growing and are on the lookout for talented & competent people who believe in what we do. So, if you can handle the pressure's of a small business, are willing to get hands, can learn quickly on the go and hit the ground running, do get in touch.