Homemade soda machine - Goli Panir Loveo - Bottle Refill
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This machine, in a small village on the outskirts of Kallakurichi rural town is an entrepreneurial business of a friend of Jeyasankar.
The whole plant is located in an onl traditional Tamil house, made of mud and roofed with coconut leafs and straw.
He travels and delivers about 140 bottles on his TVS XL scooter, all packed in a unique set of metal wire boxes he improvised with a metalsmith friend.
The bottles are of a refill type. The cork is internal in the form of a ceramic ball, the spin of the machine creates pressure which forces the ball upwards to seal the bottle
Three kerosine lamps heat the carbonated gas pipe to induce more pressure.
A bottle cost Rs. 4 at the shop. The manufacturer (whole-seller) sells it for Rs. 3 to the retailer. This Rs.1 profit has to cover the expensive Indian petrol (Rs. 80 a liter) that takes the 200 Kg. loaded scooter the 5 km to town and back. That is why the load has to be maximized.
The idea of having this business came from his uncle which he initially worked for and has such a business in another district town.
More about my experiences in 2 years of backpacking towns and villages across India, here: http://jpgmag.com/people/etand/stories
Also by Etan Doronne
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