With technology evolving at a fast pace, today the focus has been on increasing efficiency and productivity at an industrial level. However, there has been very little work done on looking at energy efficiency and needs of smaller livelihoods and entrepreneurs. Further, absence of affordable financial linkages and general lack of access to markets has deprived many low income communities from improving their economic status. SELCO Foundation is exploring various interventions that would explore the role of renewable energy and energy efficiency to enhance livelihoods and productivity through sustainable solutions. Categories of intervention range from secure livelihoods to insecure livelihoods that are marginal or seasonal.
Additionally, the projects illustrated under this category, recognize that increase in production does not necessarily translate to increase in income. Understanding feasibility of each technology in terms of the social and financial aspects, and linking to market linkages is critical. The other aspects are entrepreneur training, product value-add and diversification, in addition to the technology itself.