17 August

Energy efficiency and clean energy powered small livelihoods

Lack of opportunities prevents the rural as well as urban poor from shaping their own livelihoods. Two primary barriers being- access to value-based technology and reliable energy. Many rural livelihoods are energy intensive and quite often are not viable if the required energy is unavailable for the required period of time each day. Thus, grid […]

11 August

Business of doing business with the poor

Our business is doing business with the poor – we believe that the ‘value’ of a product or a service is built only when the consumer pays for it. Payment of course could be in the form of services, money or goods. But one needs to understand that for most communities, the value is purely […]

27 July

Making SELCO Foundation a safe place to fail- a pragmatic approach

It has been a year since I took lead of the Housing for Urban Migrants (HUM) Project – an attempt to finding a workable solution to the housing crisis faced by poor, vulnerable, transient communities in India’s cities. The project faced setbacks repeatedly – from uncompromising landlords to beneficiaries refusing the slightest of changes citing […]

20 July

Deployment of Decentralized Renewable Energy Solutions: An Ecosystem Approach

More than 80 million households across India have little or no access to grid-based electricity and rely on kerosene as their primary source for lighting (IFC, 2015). Several social enterprises focus their efforts on last mile delivery of energy solutions, providing an opportunity for this under-served population to leapfrog the grid and adopt reliable, decentralized […]

18 July

Syndicate Bank and K Subramanya awarded “SELCO Suryamitra 2016”

Syndicate Bank and K Subramanya awarded “SELCO Suryamitra 2016”

Event date: 16/07/2016 The need for affordable, clean and reliable electricity for the rural and urban poor is undeniable. Despite improvements in grid expansion in the country, quality and reliability are still far from ideal. Developing decentralized energy solutions for households, livelihoods and community spaces can address this challenge. However, for any clean energy solution […]

3 July

Deployment of Decentralized Renewable Energy Solutions: An Ecosystem Approach

More than 80 million households across India have little or no access to grid-based electricity and rely on kerosene as their primary source for lighting (IFC, 2015). Several social enterprises focus their efforts on last mile delivery of energy solutions, providing an opportunity for this under-served population to leapfrog the grid and adopt reliable, decentralized […]

7 March

Creating a Favorable Banking Ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurs

Creating a Favorable Banking Ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurs

Sumangala Patil is a 35 year old entrepreneur from Narendra village in Dharwad, Karnataka. She is in the business of making jowar roti for the last five years. She has a small business which she runs from her 2 room home with the help of her husband. Her clients were restricted to a small hotel […]

10 February

Notes from the Field: Rajasthan

Rajasthan is poised to be declared as a “power surplus” state, which means that it would be able to produce more electricity than it consumes. And yet, large swaths of poor tribal households remain unconnected to the grid. In the popular tourist destination of Udaipur alone, 80 percent of the district is rural, and close […]

3 February

Tony Sheldon from Yale visits SELCO

Professor Tony Sheldon, Executive Director of Yale School of Management’s programme on Social Enterprise, stopped by the SELCO office to share his experience on the lessons of microfinance for the broader realm of social enterprise and impact investing. He drove home the importance of recognizing that there is a growing gap between expectations of financial […]

27 January

Re-Think- Replication Thinking Workshop Notes

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Re-Think- Replication Thinking Workshop Notes

Re-Think | Day 1 Keynote address by Mr. Mark Newton, Environmental Officer, USAID Most of the development solutions especially those aimed at improving the lives of the poor in the vulnerable segments are developed in a localised setting, so how do we scale them up? Two kinds of definitions, neither optimal on it’s own. Custom […]