Case studies on Social Enterprises

Sarvajal – Water for all

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The Challenge In India, approximately 170 million people lack access to safe and clean drinking water. Nearly 75% of surface water is contaminated with arsenic and fluoride. Almost 60% of the illnesses in adults and 85% of the illnesses in children are caused by contaminated water and nearly half-million children every year succumb to preventable […]

Sampurn(e)arth – from waste to wealth


The story Away from the noise and squalor of the Maximum City; three friends were trekking on a fine Sunday morning. The thrill of climbing a mountain, the adventure of walking through a forest and the serenity of the cold breeze; all of it marred by a huge dump of garbage they spot on their […]

GramVaani – giving voice to the masses


The story Anil Kumar, a school teacher, uses it to express his discontent over the electricity crisis in his district. Nidhi Chaudhary, a school student, uses it to share her poems. Birbal Mahto uses it to raise concerns on growing unemployment and migration. Vasudev Turi uses it to question the government on why it has […]

Stone India – punah-nirman


Stone India Ltd. is an engineering company that develops sustainable, innovative & cost effective sanitation solutions to make the world open-defecation free. Along with its NGO partner Green Sanitation Foundation (GSF); its endeavor is to install, maintain and service thousands of bio toilets in rural and urban slum areas, improving health and hygiene amongst the deprived.

Don’t just solve; ReSolve


Vodafone, with support from SAFE (South Asian Forum for Environment), initiated and implemented Project ReSolve on the three underlying R’s of waste management: Recycle Reuse and Reduce. SAFE is a foundation based in Kolkata that envisages global reciprocal partnership and participatory policy frame for commons to promote sustainable environment development and wise use of natural resources.The project turned out to be such a successful initiative that it received support from a number of bodies and organizations. The Urban Municipal Affairs, Government of West Bengal, under Kolkata Urban Services for the Poor is supporting the project now. It has also inspired local bodies to take initiative, for instance, all the urban Municipalities are making a mandate for urban citizens to segregate waste and has partnered with SAFE for creating awareness in Saltlake & Rajarhat area in Kolkata.

Why are EdelGive Foundation's Social Innovation Honors such an effective way for corporates to create impact?

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While companies and corporate foundations are experimenting with various models of creating social impact, one of the most effective ways of doing so is to honor excellence and results at the grassroots, and support the programs in scaling up and becoming sustainable. This article explores the advantages of instituting awards through the example of EdelGive Foundation's Social Innovation Honors.

What makes Mahindra’s Nanhi Kali program so successful?


The Nanhi Kali program that started in 1996 as an initiative of the K C Mahindra Trust has today become one of the most widely successful corporate-driven interventions for the upliftment of school-going young and adolescent girls. This article spans the course of the program through the years and highlights the key decisions and actions that makes it such an impactful and one of the most promising initiative.