The economic pyramid, as defined today, refers to all poor communities under one category- ‘bottom of the pyramid’. However, the bottom of the pyramid needs to be further understood as poor, very poor and abject poverty stratas. The segregation of the under-served communities can be done based on geography, culture, type of income generating activities, income streams, urban or rural, formal or informal, migratory or permanent etc. These segregations would mean that the needs and solutions are going to be different. Hence, SELCO Foundation develops solutions through a 6 phase iterative process.
Issues are identified and catalogued from various channels including communities, local champions, partners, databases etc. Problems that specifically require, enable or enhance access to sustainable energy are recorded based on a potential to impact and the scope for innovation.
Market research for the scope of the problem and existing potential solutions along with an in-depth user research is carried out in this phase. The research phase leads to an understanding of the potential for replicability and level of impact (short, medium or long term).
A designed solution or existing solution is lab and field tested at this stage. Testing, characterization and evaluation is conducted to verify technical claims, feasibility to social and geographical contexts, need and functionality.
If the solution isn’t readily available, during this phase- products, services or systems are either repurposed, modified or invented. Design and prototyping of the technical, financial or social solution is part of the iterative process. Desirability, feasibility and viability is gauged during these iterations.
Programmatic pilots involve larger trials that roll out the holistic solution on the field in order to identify gaps in the ecosystem, gauge actual impact and determine strategy to scale/replicate the model.
The replication phase involves working closely with partners (enterprises, institutions, organizations) and stakeholders, who are directly and indirectly impacted through the intervention. Transfer of knowledge, failures, challenges and learnings; building capacity, supply chains, financial models are some of the activities during replication.
LEARNING THROUGH ANALOGIES
Cross-sectoral learnings for improved delivery of energy services
Learning through Mid-Day Meals
We adopted to Light for Education
Like the mid day meal scheme where the nutritious meal provided to the students becomes an incentive for the parents to send their children to school…
LIGHT FOR EDUCATION
Charging of the home-based study lamp at school acts as an incentive for students to attend school-thereby students have a clean source of light and are able to do their homework.