Understanding the link between energy access or sustainable energy and livelihood improvement, the innovations build holistic models that increase and secure income levels of under-served families.

With technology evolving at a fast pace, today the focus has been on increasing efficiency and productivity at an industrial level. However, there has been very little work done on looking at energy efficiency and needs of smaller livelihoods and entrepreneurs. Further, absence of affordable financial linkages and general lack of access to markets has deprived many low income communities from improving their economic status. SELCO Foundation is exploring various interventions that would explore the role of renewable energy and energy efficiency to enhance livelihoods and productivity through sustainable solutions. Categories of intervention range from secure livelihoods to insecure livelihoods that are marginal or seasonal.

Additionally, the projects illustrated under this category, recognize that increase in production does not necessarily translate to increase in income. Understanding feasibility of each technology in terms of the social and financial aspects, and linking to market linkages is critical. The other aspects are entrepreneur training, product value-add and diversification, in addition to the technology itself.


Lok Seva Kendra

Centre providing basic print services to serve reg

Training of Trainers

The initiative aims to train trainers to reach mor


Strengthening financial capital of drum-makers usi

Solar Looms

Developing a thriving ecosystem for decentralized


Mini-grid can be a sustainable energy access model


Preserving a vibrant textile patchwork handicraft,

Silk reeling

Alleviating the strenuous and hazardous thigh reel

Inventing Green

To make renewable energy systems into sustainable

Micro-Entrepreneur Development

The program supports Micro Enterprises and the cor

Energy Centers

Centrally charged solar powered hubs for that prov

Portable Water Pump

Solar Powered Portable Water Pumps for Small Holdi

Blacksmithy Blower

Renewable energy solution combined with affordable


Renewable energy technologies for agricultural pro

Sewing Machine

Expanding livelihood opportunities and encouraging

Roti Rolling

Increasing and stabilizing incomes for Roti making


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