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Godrej Appliances to enter new categories for rural consumers

Growing rural demand is making Godrej Appliances target consumers at the bottom of the pyramid with new products pegged below Rs 3,000. Read more »
Financial Services

Caspian Advisors to set up $40-mn debt fund in India

Hyderabad-based Caspian Advisors has said it would set up a $40-million fund to provide debt capital to a wide range of institutions serving low-income or financially excluded communities. Read more »
Financial Services

Regulatory body to set norms for impact investment

In order to avoid excesses of the kind that derailed the Indian microfinance industry three years ago, nine entities doing 'impact investing' - picking up equity stakes in businesses that are anchored in both financial and social returns - have come together to form a grouping that will define what they can do and cannot do in their investment practices to always stay aligned with their stated objectives. Read more »
Health Services and Supplies

Indian manufacturer cuts price of childhood vaccine by 30 percent

The cost of immunising millions of the world’s most vulnerable children against five deadly and debilitating diseases is set to fall, thanks to a major price reduction of one third for pentavalent vaccine. Read more »
Financial Services

20 social enterprises get World Bank grant

Twenty social enterprises have been awarded grants of $100,000 each by the India Development Marketplace funded by the World Bank Group. Read more »

And the Winners of the Sankalp 2013 Awards are...

The most sought after social enterprise recognition in India - the Sankalp Social Enterprise Awards - announced winners in five sectors. Read more »

Aspada To Commit $10 Million to Early Stage Businesses Serving Low-income People in India

Aspada Will Also Invest in Agricultural Supply Chain Companies in an Effort to Support Small Holder Farmers. Read more »

Artha Venture Challenge Launches at Sankalp

The Artha Venture Challenge, a national competition run by the Artha Platform to find the most ambitious, early stage social entrepreneurs in India launched at the Sankalp Forum on April 17th, 2013. Read more »
Energy and Power

Australian crowdfunding site being used to bring fund solar in Indian slums

Pollinate Energy — a Sydney and Bangalore-based social enterprise NGO dedicated to using renewable resources to eradicate energy poverty in India -– has joined forces with ChipIn, a new Australian website designed to raise funds for Australian non-profits, to launch a new clean energy crowdfunding campaign. Read more »

Rural areas can become back offices for urban India

Rural areas in India can operate as back offices for the country's urban centres, like Bangalore has emerged as a crucial centre for the US, National Innovation Council Chairman Sam Pitroda said on April 3rd 2013. Read more »