Fellows by Category

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-...

Organization: Adhikar

Mohammad Amin of India's Orissa State is creating economic self-help cooperatives supported by an alternative banking system that caters to the urban and rural poor who lack land or other assets.

Organization: Sukanya

Aparna is creating a global microretail chain that features disadvantaged women as both suppliers and sellers. Her retail chain, which opened in Kolkata last year with distinctively branded mobile points of sale, is beginning to expand to other Indian states and has attracted the attention of NRI groups as far away as Europe and the US.

Organization: Mulberry

Rakhee Choudhury is teaching Assamese women the skills they need to revitalize weaving–a vital part of their cultural heritage–and to convert traditional skills into forward-looking, income-earning activities.

Organization: KALA RAKSHA

Judy Frater believes that the traditional craftsperson is the best designer to make the work of the craftsperson economically viable to consumers and a larger market. Through practical and relevant education on technology and marketing, Judy is building the expertise of the craftsperson to make a significant contribution to the sustainability of the craft tradition.

Organization: BASIX

Vijay Mahajan founded BASIX, a livelihood promotion institution which supports the livelihoods of over a million poor rural households in India. BASIX has created and expanded financial services, agricultural and business development, and institutional development towards sustained improvements in the lives of the rural poor.

Organization: LEDS/HomeShops

To increase sustainability of micro-enterprises in India, Anup Nair has created local production and supply systems driven by micro-entrepreneurs that fosters a “local-to-local” economy. By creating networks of specialized entrepreneurs focused on management, marketing and distribution, this system leverages the collective strength of local micro-enterprises to compete with large corporations...

Organization: Grameen Mahila Okkuta

M.G. Papamma is undertaking a mass mobilization of rural women in South India, creating a confederation of women's groups by marketing an alternate vision for microcredit based on poor women's investment in social development.

With roots in the child labor movement, Solomon J.P. is taking a systemic, industry-based approach to poverty in India, addressing livelihood issues while increasing structure and regulation in low wage jobs.

Muthu Velayutham orchestrates a diverse, integrated suite of development programs in rural India that enable poor communities to build wealth through coordinated business ventures and the stewardship of natural resources.

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