Impact: Mumbai 2011

Impact: Mumbai 2011

Dasra/Social-Impact and Village Capital partnered to support enterprises through a six-month peer-review-based program that provided assistance to the most promising social enterprises in India.

Represented sectors included: Healthcare, Energy/Environment, Housing, Financial Services, Education, Civic Engagement, Livelihoods


Alchemy Solutions

Alchemy runs English-language training courses that prepare the jobseeker for finding employment, giving a large number of Indians a shot at the middle class.

Barrier Break

Barrier Break employs deaf people to provide services for the hearing impaired online, utilizing an innovative "Sign-and-Talk" business.


BioLite is a cookstove/home energy system that is targeting the 160 million rural homes that currently cook with biomass by utilizing a mobile phone charger.


Bookbox uses karaoke-like "Same Language Subtitling" to teach reading, intending to bring India's population from semi-literature to full literacy.


Boond provides customized solar products for households and small businesses, including heaters, lights, pumps, and mini-grids.


Embrace sells low-cost incubators (''mini-sleeping bags") for premature-birth babies. The product costs less than 1% of current alternative incubator solutions

Grassroutes Journeys

Grassroutes uses tourism to boost the economic viability of rural areas in India, bringing tourists to rural villages in deserts, lakes, mountains and more.

India Study Abroad Center

India Study Abroad Center works with 35+ social sector organizations, matching students from abroad with one-month placements in service organizations.

Jeevan Blood Bank

Jeevan Blood Bank is creating India's first inventory of donated stem cells.


Milaap is India's leading crowdfunding platform for personal and social causes.

Promethean Power Systems

Promethean works on technological innovations that address the agricultural cold chain, piloting with an energy-efficient milk chiller and thermal storage unit.

Sakhi Retail

Sakhi Retail gives employment opportunities to rural saleswomen, who can sell products held in a semi-urban area.

SMV Wheels

SMV Wheels provides financing to rickshaw pullers, creating ownership opportunities for their livelihood assets.