Weekly Roundup: 01:11:2014

Among this week’s top stories we look at how India’s poorest are getting access to low-cost healthcare, the role of FMCG products in the BoP market and what is affecting the impact investing sector. » Read more

Category: General

Women’s business empowered by SURE

There has been a massive growth of microfinance in India, and 85% of the poorest users of microfinance are women, with microloans giving them more economic freedom. Aiding this trend is a company called Sakhi Unique Rural Enterprises, or SURE. SURE works with women in rural areas, and empowers them as entrepreneurs to sell products in their communities. » Read more

From diamonds to bio-loos – the story of Namita Banka of Banka BioLoo

From a diamond jewelry designer to becoming the co-founder of a bio-loo manufacturing company, Namita Banka of Banka BioLoo’s journey is an unusual one. Namita is an Ennovent Network member, a finalist for the Artha Venture Challenge and also the Asia-Pacific Laureate for Cartier’s 2013 Women’s Initiative. » Read more

Barefoot Power wins Intersolar Award for off-grid lighting project

Ennovent’s Impact Investment Holding investee company, Barefoot Power recently won the Intersolar award for its solar powered LED tube lights that powers handlooms and provides light for up to 12 hours of weaving a day. » Read more

Ennovent Weekly Roundup 11.10.13

This week we share insights from Anurag Agarwal of Intellecap on whether innovation will make it easier to transact with BoP customers. For those in the skill development sector, ICICI Foundation has declared the launch of an ICICI Academy for skills. We also talk about CIIE’s investment in transportation startup Evomo and how startups are turning India’s e-waste burden into an opportunity. » Read more

Building an ecosystem for social entrepreneurship in rural livelihoods

Traditionally, both government and private sector have struggled to reach remote and poverty stricken parts of India, especially eastern states such as Bihar. Jeevika has recently launched the second edition of the forum in collaboration with Bihar State Innovation Council. Learn more about the forum now. » Read more

Attend a seminar on Safe Drinking Water for India’s BoP Populations

The Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD) that promotes the well-being of people in rural India and TiE Delhi-NCR are organizing a seminar entitled ‘Safe Drinking Water: Blue Technologies and Business Models for India’s BOP Populations’ on May 2, 2013 in Delhi » Read more

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NSDC Power to Empower competition announces winning innovations in skills development

NSDC and India@75 announce the winners of the Power to Empower competition. Elements Akademia and Saksham declared as winners. » Read more

164 social ventures take part in the first edition of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge – Greenway Grameen emerges winner

Innovations we love: The Greenway Smart Stove – Made user-desirable, this high-efficiency cook stove is designed for everyday domestic use with solid biomass fuels – is also the winner of this year’s Tata Social Enterprise Challenge » Read more

10 upcoming female social entrepreneurs of India

With social entrepreneurship exploding in popularity all over the world, here is a quick glance on the women leading from India » Read more

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