At FIN we strive to develop solutions for problems related to sanitation, waste management and hygiene behaviour that are environmentally friendly and socially just.

To do this, FIN Trust is set up as a teaching, training and action research laboratory. Kameswaram village in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu state in India serves as its living lab.

It was founded by Shyama V. Ramani, an academic, in the aftermath of the Asian Tsunami of 2004, and it is supported by other initiatives that she has co-founded as shown in figure above.

FIN operates via two divisions:

  • FIN Kameshwaram, a rural living lab in Kameshwaram village (Tamil Nadu, India) experimenting with grassroots innovation generation and diffusion and in livelihood creation;
  • FIN India, working with other societal stakeholders like schools, households, public agencies, civil society etc. all over India.

FIN projects are supported in other parts of India and the world through its associates in SITE4Society@FIN and Association Un Ami. (for details see partners pages in ‘About’ section)

The core beliefs of FIN movement are:
– Effective promotion of social welfare can be achieved by simple actions/solutions which take into account  complexity of the problems.
– It is more important to do the right thing over the long run rather than to achieve results in the short run at the cost of long term success.

Through this website we share our story and invite you to join this movement.