We replaced ordinary scarecrow with Life Saving Scarecrow, designed to tackle the issue at its geographical point of impact, rural India, with the express objective of reducing farmer casualties and saving the lives of agricultural workers during the monsoon season.
The Life Saving Scarecrows employed simple design elements that directly spoke to our target audience. The 8-foot-tall scarecrows incorporated a lightning rod to channel lightning into the ground and create a safe zone for farmers in the event of a storm. Designed to reflect daily rural life, the Life Saving Scarecrows also became cultural focal points for each village. They became representative of each rural area. The structures themselves were environmentally friendly and created out of recycled scrap metal. Each Scarecrow had a lightning rod, copper coil, copper cable and ground rod to safely earth any lightning strike. By partnering with local authorities, farmers were also educated about how the Scarecrows worked and what they could do to protect themselves during storms.
Indication of how successful the outcome was in the market
The Life Saving Scarecrows were 100% effective, with no further no casualties from lightning strikes in the rural community after its implementation. Varuna Pumps consolidated its positioning as a conscientious brand dedicated to the wellbeing of the community and CSR initiatives. The cultural impact of the Scarecrows is both significant and ongoing, as Varuna continues with its mission to educate and inspire other brands to implement the project and save thousands of lives across rural India.
As one of India’s biggest submersible pumps and open well motors manufacturers and a brand committed to sustainable agricultural solutions, Varuna was uniquely placed to address the wellbeing of agricultural workers in India, who lacked the education and awareness of and often became victims of Monsoon lightning strikes while earning their livelihood in the fields.