Aggregation as the answer for solving problems of small farmers

Ennovent Pool member Sundar Rajan writes about whether small farmers in India can replace middlemen and directly or indirectly aggregate products and services to better serve their needs. » Read more

Weekly Roundup: 24.08.2014

In this week’s roundup we take a look at Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech and his appeal for the provision of toilet facilities in rural India. » Read more

Orissa-based Milk Mantra raises $13M in Series C led by Fidelity Growth Partners

Dairy startup based in Odisha (earlier Orissa) Milk Mantra Dairy Pvt Ltd has raised Rs 80 crore ($13.08 million) in Series C led by Fidelity Growth Partners India with participation of existing social venture investor Aavishkaar. » 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

Top 5 posts from the Ennovent Blog in 2013

Within impact investing and socially focused enterprises – still considered a nascent sector in India – a year can be a long time. Throughout this year we have seen a variety of trends and highlighted a range of innovations for low-income markets that are creating a strong and sustainable impact. As 2013 now comes to an end, we share below our top 5 posts from the year that has gone by in case you missed them. » 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

Informal workers make up 90% of India’s Workforce

A report published by Credit Suisse in July reports that half of India’s $1.85-trillion economy is informal. With 55%, only sub-Saharan Africa has a larger unorganised economy than India’s. Learn more about the reality for these workers and how programs such as Power to Empower 2013 can change their lives. » Read more

Ennovent Weekly Roundup 18.10.13

 

It’s that time of the week again when we share top stories from across India on enterprises for low-income markets, impact investing and beyond. This week there seems to be a strong light shining on the sector with Economic Times sharing how roads and mobiles have improved the lives of the poor and Naina Lal Kidwai of FICCI sharing examples of innovative solutions that are transforming the lives… » Read more

Ennovent Weekly Roundup 23.08.13

This week on our round-up, we feature an article which discusses the way governments and social enterprises can work together and also share five ways in which big business can help socially focused ventures. We also feature the work of two enterprises which have bettered the lives of many in rural India. » Read more

Eight defining milestones in India’s social enterprise landscape

In India, socially focused ventures that provide innovations for low-income markets and create opportunities for a better lifestyle have made significant progress in fighting the battle for poverty – especially since India got independence from colonial rule in 1947. As India celebrates its 67th year of freedom it seems poignant to therefore pause and reflect on eight milestones that have played an important role in shaping India’s social enterprise landscape and the lessons they teach us. » Read more

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