Our Portfolio

Our project portfolio spans a variety of sectors, including solid waste management, agriculture, and energy.

We leverage existing market forces to support entrepreneurs and benefit poor and disadvantaged communities, ultimately promoting inclusive development.


Solid Waste


We partner with waste workers to improve municipal waste management systems, contributing to a cleaner, more efficient waste economy.

India’s formal solid waste management system is overwhelmed, resulting in ever-expanding landfills and critical services gaps. The ability of the informal sector to increase recycling and fill these gaps is regularly overlooked and undervalued, thus re-enforcing dysfunctional waste management practices.

40

Waste Collection Centers operated/owned

10%

Increase in Waste Business Revenue

1,290,000 kg

Waste diverted from landfills per day

Krishna’s Story

“My aim has always been to make something out of my life but I had not had an opportunity, until now”

Our Blog

January 10, 2018

Sector Update: Door-to-Door Municipal Dry Waste Collection in Ward 168

For most of us, solid waste (trash) holds no value, but millions around the globe are reliant on the debris of …

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November 7, 2017

Sector Update: The Changing Landscape of Bengaluru’s Waste Management Systems

This article is the first part of our new series on Bengaluru’s waste workers, highlighting the challenges …

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Agriculture


We strengthen farm livelihoods by connecting small and marginal farmers with the capital, training, and machinery they need to increase productivity, improve incomes, and manage land resources sustainably.

Agriculture is a critical facet of India’s economy and growth, yet the small and marginal farmers who cultivate 85% of the viable land in the country are struggling to grow and sell enough crops to sustain themselves and their families. Farmers’ relatively small plot size and low education levels often preclude them from accessing formal financing, building business plans, or connecting with technology suppliers.

22%

Increase in Income

1:4

Leverage Ratio

8x

Processing efficiency gains

Small Farm Livelihoods

Bridging service gaps and improving agricultural value chains for stakeholders

Our Blog

November 9, 2017

Understanding Indian Agriculture: Small Plots, Systemic Challenges, & Solutions

What does it mean to be a marginal Indian farmer? To have a hectare …

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November 14, 2017

Sector Update: How S3IDF is Working through Collectivization to Create Jobs and Raise Incomes in India

Small and marginalized farmers in the Sirsi region in India face many …

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Energy


We build the capacity of local entrepreneurs to operate enterprises and help them secure energy-dependent technology that improves the standards of living in their communities.

Without access to reliable, affordable energy the poor will not be able to prosper. By extending access to energy-dependent technologies and energy services through sustainable business models, communities can become more productive, generate income, and build assets.

82%

Energy Projects Using Replicated Businesses Models

9

Indian States with S3IDF Clean or Renewable Energy Projects

1:338

Energy Services Ratio

Manjula’s Story

“I had an 11 lakh ($17,500) loan to pay for my husband’s hospital fees. I paid it all back from the income from the batteries.”

Our Blog

November 10, 2017

Concept Brief #1: Technology Buy-Back Agreements: Financial Intermediation in Pro-Poor Investment Deals

This Concept Brief is part of a series on financial intermediation in small-scale, pro-poor investment deals in developing 

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November 7, 2017

Stories From the Field: Ilkal

Saris are the traditional clothing worn by women in India. One town known for its unique hand-loom saris is …

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