This strategy is devised as incremental development to achieve food security as well as basic needs of households. By providing communities access to help and guidance at every stage, affordable development is achieved through daily savings. 


The strategy is led by various BEE teams who are providing guidance and expertise to achieve the following:

Stage I:  Food security – growing vegetables, chickens and eggs, small fish in household tanks.


Stage II: Solar light and increased shelf life for vegetables and fruit, forest plantation.

Stage III: Acquisition of eco toilets (1 per 4 households) and a strong instant shelter. Village environmental improvement.

Stage IV: Flood mitigation measures


The role of Maa Committees is equally crucial in ensuring collection of funds for payment to BEEs for expertise and supply of necessary items.

The Zero Donor Strategy has the following structure:


STAGE I - Day 1 to Day 25

In this initial stage the community is organized by teams of specialist BEE teams:

1. Registration BEE: Registration for villages along canals and other water ways.

2. Layout BEE: Layout of villages and house clusters, marking of boundary with sample of bamboo vertical placement.

3. NCT BEE: Installing Naheem Canal Tank (NCT), and making shallow temporary tanks for storing water.

4. Phitkari BEE: Cleaning water with alum for drinking and other works.

5. Lohkatt BEE: Help build a traditional reeds boundary wall with gift of bamboo uprights provided for stronger walls.

6. Plantation BEE: Soil regeneration, planting vegetables, trees, bushes and flower, crops e.g. maize or sunflower.

7. Chulah BEE: Pak Chulah, Platforms, brick making; forming Maa (Mothers) Committees to begin saving schemes; provision of terracotta money boxes (gulak).

8. Hand wash BEE: Providing terracotta water basin and fixing on platform, water container and drainage discharge.

9. Fish BEE: Fish tanks and fish breeding.

10. Chicken BEE: Chicks in bamboo coops.

This stage is expected to reach within 25 days at an expense of Rs. 250 per family, paid to various BEE teams.

STAGE II - Day 26 to Day 55

Solar panel installation: As savings programme is implemented, within eight days, at 25% deposit, local vendors install one solar panel.


1. Dehydration BEE: Solar drying of fish.

2. Dehydration BEE: Vegetables and Fruit

3. Pickle BEE: Pickling vegetables.

4. Terracotta bricks and tiles BEEs:

a. Developing workplace

b. Preparing soil

c. Terracotta brick production

d. Production of 9"x9" tiles

STAGE III - Day 55 to 92

Maa Committees continue with saving of Rs. 25/day: 

These savings will provide 50% cost of eco toilets and after one month 50% cost of instant shelter.

a. Eco Toilet BEE helps installs toilet on sharing basis

b. Instant shelter BEE helps install individual rooms.

STAGE IV - Day 92 onwards

Disaster mitigation measures.

Flood Moats BEE: Excavation and filling medium.

Bamboo Barrier BEE: Plantation of bamboo saplings.

Porous Pavement BEE: Making and laying of community pathways.