Case studies on Social Enterprises

Guest Post: Investing CSR in Incubators – A Unique Model of Partnership

Parents with daughter using mobile phone and credit card in front of tractor

Authored by P.R. Ganapathy, President ( India), Villgro Innovations Foundation  After, USA and China, India has the largest incubator and accelerator ecosystem in the world. But few companies have sufficient information on this ecosystem to be able to invest in it. Samhita, and Villgro, supported by GIZ are addressing this information asymmetry and facilitating partnerships […]

Breaking Stereotypes


The world over, the demand for absolute gender equality has never been stronger. Global marches and campaigns, especially the #MeToo & #TimesUp movements, have drawn attention to distressing stories of sexual harassment and issues like gender pay gap and poor representation of women in leadership roles. From our experience, women have always been instrumental in […]

Empowering Lives – DHFL and Samhita

Dewan Housing Finance Ltd ( DHFL ) has been a close partner of Samhita since 2015. Since then, we have worked together on programmes that have spanned cause areas and impacted the lives of more than one lakh beneficiaries. Our work with DHFL has been within three cause areas – Education, Skill Development and Rural […]

The Power of Partnerships – GIZ, Villgro and Samhita

India has the third largest incubator eco-system in the world, after USA and China. In 2016-17 alone, the number of incubators and start-ups grew by 40 per cent and the country is now home to 140 incubators and accelerators. Incubators and Accelerators  serve to support start-ups and social enterprises to establish themselves, raise funding, set-up operational […]

Kaarmic Education Services – Bridge between education and employability


The partnership between Kaarmic Education Services and IEDN is an extremely unique one since it is an example of collaboration between a social enterprise and a network of individuals and corporates. This partnership is also exemplary of a mutually beneficial alliance since both parties are gaining from each others’ network. Apart from fulfilling CSR mandates through engaging with young people from low income communities and there by playing a part in reducing urban unemployment, the network is also able to tap into the pool for recruitment purposes, thereby increasing their stake and creating incentives for them as well.

EduBridge – A Rural Corporate Link


With the changing definition of CSR and its evolving landscape, a one-time funding or donation has become a thing of the past. To stand out as a unique partnership, one needs to go beyond the scope of ‘mere charity’ to non-monetary contributions. Thus, what proved to be the catalyst for a partnership of this sort were the unique ideas, concepts and volunteering hours from the corporate partner to the social enterprise which led to the birth of an exemplary story.



The partnership between Deepak Foundation and Stones2Milestones is an example of a successful collaboration between a corporate that is relatively new to the field of education and a social enterprise that had established programs but still growing. The Deepak Foundation had the resources to build the school and Stones2Milestones had the expertise; but more importantly, both of them had the same vision.

Envirofit – Curbing indoor air pollution


Having an open fire in your kitchen is like burning 400 cigarettes an hour Kirk Smith, University of California at Berkeley The Challenge It is a common sight to find women tossing chapattis or cooking watery dal on a chulha, if you happen to travel through the narrow lanes of a slum or the broken […]

Naturetech – Lighting lives through green energy


Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment has stated that decentralised renewable energy systems could offer the key to solving the current state of energy poverty. Naturetech is a huge initiative to solve this issue by tapping into the abundant source of solar energy.

The partnership with ACC is only one step towards low cost rural electrification. There is potential of more partnerships in the future. This is a perfect example of how big companies like ACC are looking to build an adaptive and cost effective model and thus build smart AC Solar Microgrids.

Grow Trees – On the path to environment sustainability

Grow trees with its partnership with a number of companies has proved to be a successful example of collaboration of various stakeholders. By including the rural and tribal communities, NGOs, the social enterprise, companies and donor individuals; has presented a systemic and detailed approach where each party has something to contribute and something to take from it.