Fellows by Category

Organization: Antarang Foundation

Priya Agrawal’s initiative, Antarang, is challenging the paradigms in career linkages for children from low income backgrounds who are at a high risk of dropping out of the education stream and falling into the informal exploitative sector. She is striving to break the stereotypes around job opportunities deemed fit for these children and looking at equipping them with soft skills as well as...

Organization: Conserve India

Anita Ahuja has turned discarded plastic bags into a valuable resource. She combines principles from enterprise and social service in a new venture that recycles plastic waste and provides employment for ragpickers, one of the most marginalised groups in urban India. Using a proprietary process, they transform discarded plastic bags into a variety of fashionable products that are sold in high-...

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By organizing female vendors to fight exploitation and realize their market potential, Sunita Bagal is creating employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for India's poorest women working in villages at places of worship, historical monuments, and fairs.

Pranjal Baruah is organizing farmers in Assam around mushroom cultivation. He puts farmers in control of their produce through his land-to-lab strategies and training and support for "mushroom entrepreneurs." In addition to creating new livelihood opportunities for thousands of unemployed youth and landless families in Assam, Pranjal is developing a new market for mushroom consumption. By...

Organization: IIMPS

In response to the absence of support for the impoverished elderly in India, Gautam Bharadwaj has designed a new system that helps low-income workers financially plan for old age throughout their working lives. Gautam has created the policy and institutional architecture needed to make financial security in old age a reality for the poor. 

Organization: RACHNA

Manoj Bhatt is creating an income-generation based model of conservation which will generate supplementary cash income for rural families as well as revenue for community-based conservation projects. Manoj, through his organization, Research, Advocacy, and Communication in Himalayan Areas (RACHNA), is using tourism to assist in conservation and the greening of existing tourism infrastructure...

Working with health insurance companies, Mukteshwari “Mukti” Bosco is establishing a comprehensive health education and health financing system that will enable the poor to access fair, cost-effective, high-quality medical treatment.

Organization: Gokul Prakalp Pratishthan

In the 1970s Vasant Gangavane, a management expert from IIM and Wharton, returned to his village in Konkan, Maharashtra, to give his people what he felt they needed most -- the knowledge to manage their natural resources. In the process, he has set up several models of rural development.

Pradeep Ghosh has designed a social security system that incorporates the financial and community realities of the Indian poor. His approach offers economically vulnerable communities the chance to take charge of their social security using their existing resources, and does so in a way that can be replicated across India’s poorest communities.

Organization: Bandhan

Since India’s booming microfinance sector has failed to include the poorest of the poor in its economic development programs, Chandra Shekhar Ghosh has created an innovative “trickle-up” approach to poverty alleviation. Starting with grants and training for people who otherwise lack access to microcredit, his program aims to graduate participants first to regular microfinance programs and then...

Organization: FifthEstate Trust

Pallavi is unlocking the power that is embedded in the potential collaboration of the government, private companies and social entrepreneurs, who have so far worked in isolation. Pallavi is facilitating this collaboration through a platform that brings together these stakeholders to identify solutions for social problems and empower local innovations to scale.

Organization: Goodwill International Association

Alphonso Jemonie has worked with hundreds of young rag pickers, giving them a place to assemble and a place to take classes to prepare them for employment. Having survived as an unskilled, unemployed youth himself, Alphonso wants to show the way for others.

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