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S3IDF has shown through its work among the poorer sections of society in Asia and elsewhere that its approach in designing innovative solutions is unparalleled. I recommend that the development community take advantage of the advisory services that S3IDF offers.

Padu S. Padmanaban Former Program Director and Senior Energy Advisor, USAID/India

S3IDF is one of the pioneers in providing innovative and sustainable market solutions for energy poverty. S3IDF has been an active partner with ADB’s Energy for All for a number of years, and we value S3IDF both as partner and for the critical voice that has helped to refine our projects and point us towards priority areas where our support and intervention can help make a difference in the fight against poverty.

Jiwan Acharya Senior Climate Change Specialist (Clean Energy), Asian Development Bank

S3IDF is a special organization; highly experienced, capable, and dedicated staff carefully work at the intersection of technology, finance, cultures, and entrepreneurship in impoverished communities. Their work fully embodies their name.

Will Knowland Former Vice President for Rural and Renewable Energy, Nexant, Inc.

To meet the goal of reducing extreme poverty, the financial resources required will be far greater than the current development financial flows. A strong collaborative effort involving governments, developmental institutions and private enterprises will be required. Leveraging philanthropic and developmental capital to bring in more local and commercial capital to support small and medium scale enterprises will be essential. S3IDF with its Social Merchant Bank Approach is not only helping to create small-scale enterprises but also ensuring that the economic benefits are truly pro-poor.

Anand Rao Co-Founder & Managing Director, Chaitanya India Fin Credit

S3IDF in the Media

Applying the Social Merchant Bank Approach to Help the Poor in Nepal

Massachusetts-based S3IDF is reducing poverty in India by helping entrepreneurs, small businesses

Once An Activist, Always An Activist – Samit Aich, S3IDF

Supporting Entrepreneurs Under The Radar – Samit Aich, S3IDF

Forbes India – Hasiru Dala Waste Pickers

S3IDF-India Named One of the Top 25 Incubators