Over the past 5 years, SELCO Foundation piloted and scaled numerous livelihood-based interventions for the poor using sustainable energy. These interventions encompass technology innovations, efficiency of appliances, new financial products and catalyzing market channels for the poor. A typical livelihood solution is often approached as a suite of options for new and existing entrepreneurs, cooperatives or hybrid ownership models; within various contexts which include, un-electrified, under-electrified and electrified scenarios. In each of the scenarios, financial savings, removal of drudgery, enhanced productivity and time efficiency lead to better income opportunities and sustainable growth for rural and tribal livelihoods.
The need of the hour is to catalyze and enhance these missing ecosystem factors in order to demonstrate the linkage between sustainable energy and development: thus, demonstrating the capability of decentralized energy to transform communities.