Rural women in India work hard. We see women working in the fields, shops, factories and in their own homes. Most of all, we always see Indian women in the kitchen. And it’s not easy watching a woman, especially when it is your own mother, doing backbreaking works, picking, planting, sewing, fixing or cooking.
Bommai N, 41, has always seen his mother making roti. The smell of roti would permeate their home and there was always plenty to go around. Not just for the family but for the friends and neighbors too.
The son would watch his mom – make the dough, roll it out by hand, flatten it and then fry them. It was a process of love but it was indeed a tiresome process.
Bommai has always been innovative. He had to drop out of college because of financial constraints but that didn’t stop him from designing things. He invented a sustainable coal stove that cuts out a huge percentage of pollution caused by traditional coal stove cooking methods.
AN INNOVATIVE ROTI MAKER
And now take a look at this brilliant innovator who built a Roti Maker. He has explained that he took inspiration from the ancient roti making method, the one his own mother uses.
Bommai designed a Roti Maker where the dough is inserted into the plate-like structures that rotate, get rolled by a stable rolling pin and then pushed out. Moreover, it is capable of making 180 rotis per hour.
Hey presto, you have roti, without all the laborious work. This young innovator’s roti maker is going to change the lives of many rural women. He has worked with bicycles and stoves and there are sure to be more innovations on the way.
This extraordinary innovator who built a roti maker needs help in getting it to the market. The roti maker weighs around 6 kgs and is not going to be expensive. He is hoping that he gets support and backing from the ‘Made in India’ campaign.
Think about all the thousands, probably millions of women, who make roti by hand. This machine, which can work off solar, may well change their lives.
Bommai has proved that one does not need to go to college to be successful. One only has to look, think and see outside of the box.
We wish him the best of luck.