Why Energy Poverty is still an issue in low-income markets

The simple act of flipping on a light switch is something many people take for granted. It actually takes a complicated infrastructure of plants, lines, substations and grids to ensure your lights stay on. While this infrastructure is something that’s worked in developed countries for 100+ years, it continues to be lacking in many parts of developing countries. » Read more

Frontier Markets provides solar lighting to India’s poorest communities

In sun-drenched Rajasthan, Ennovent Network member Ajaita Shah is looking to provide solar-powered lighting solutions to some of the state’s poorest citizens through her social enterprise Frontier Markets. » Read more

Boond delivers clean water and electricity in rural India

In the north of India, a company called Boond has created a business model that may hold promise for much of rural India. Boond sells products to improve the lives of rural Indians. These include solar lighting options, water purification products, as well as items for pest control. With these products, Boond hopes to improve life in rural India. » 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

Weekly Roundup 1.11.13

A wrap up of some of the top stories amongst social enterprises in India in the last week including two organisations making an impact in the energy and education sectors, a report about BoP markets and the finalists for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. » Read more

MECS innovation fund to provide up to 2.4 million pounds in grant funding

The MECS Innovation fund aims to identify innovative business models that can support mobile innovations for energy and water services as well as accelerate the use of these innovations within underserved communities by supporting them to scale. Learn more about this funding opportunity now. » Read more

Barefoot Power looks to reduce the cost of living off-grid in India

Over 1.5 billion people globally lack access to clean and reliable energy because of limited connectivity to electricity grids. In India, Barefoot Power is reducing the cost of those living off the grid through their unique products and distribution approaches. Read more about their journey in India. » Read more

Join us for a Tweet Chat on World Environment Day

Join Ennovent and Sankalp Forum for a Tweet Chat this World Environment Day to discuss how private enterprises can promote renewable energy practices. Follow the #1earth hashtag to stay up to date on the conversation. » 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

Bright Indian future, driven by social enterprise and technology

With the motivation for social entrepreneurship strong as ever, and technology gaining a strong foothold in the country, the future of social change, driven by responsible capitalism and technology, is bright. » Read more

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