Revolutionizing sustainable development

Revolutionizing sustainable development

In 1972, Sanjit Roy founded the Barefoot College, known as Social Work and Research Centre, which has been transforming the lives of rural women for 4 decades. The Barefoot College is a non-government organisation that has been providing basic services and solutions to problems in rural communities, with the objective...

Window to a new world

Window to a new world

Dhiraj Dolwani hit upon the concept of rural BPO employing local young graduates in the hills while he was on a trek in the Himalayas. He approached his former colleague Venky Iyer and B2R (Business to Rural) Technology was formed. B2R partnered with Chirag, a rural development organisation, to launch...

Recognizing the role of community

Recognizing the role of community

Mr Jockin Arputham formed the Bombay Slum Dwellers Association in 1969 and expanded in 1974 to make it National Slum Dwellers Federation and eventually in 1985 linked his federation with the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC). In the early days he started to help communities make...

Changing Lives in Rural India

Changing Lives in Rural India

Naandi Foundation is a non-profit organisation in India aiming to eradicate poverty. It was founded in 1998, and works in the fields of children's rights, education, sustainable livelihoods, midday meals and safe drinking water. To date it has impacted over a million lives spread across 7 states in India. Its...

Renewable Energy for the underprivileged

Renewable Energy for the underprivileged

Harish Hande is an Indian social entrepreneur, who co-founded SELCO India. Bangalore-headquartered SELCO is a 16-year-old enterprise that provides renewable energy services to poor and underprivileged communities. It has 25 branches in Karnataka, Kerala and Gujarat. SELCO India has installed solar lighting systems in over 120,000 households. SELCO adopts a...

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