House of Dignity: Mighty Madiath’s Life Mission

Gram Vikas (GV) is my favorite Orissa organization. Heck, if I ever curated a Top 5 pan-India list, it would probably be in it. When I asked Bangalore’s rainwater harvesting guru for his Top 10 list of Indian NGOs, Gram Vikas inevitably made it there. I don’t wax eloquent about too many non-social enterprise organizations on this blog …

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The Last 500 Feet

[Editor’s Note: Paul Polak, social entrepreneur and author of Out of Poverty, wrote this highly informative narrative of the problems (and some proposed solutions) in the rural transportation area (what he terms as the ‘last 500 feet’) with stories from Orissa to Uganda to Bangladesh to Nepal to Somalia to Zambia and back to (Eastern) …

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The mud chulhas of India

I’m still halfway through my post on Greenway Grameen Infrastructure (published here). The Greenway Grameen Infra crew has done a fair amount of market research and have amassed a veritable photo collection that shows the diversity of mud chulhas (stoves) being used in different parts of India. I present to you those pictures (courtesy Greenway …

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Rurbanization in Gujarat – early signs of success

In the run-up to the highly successful Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Jan 2011, Gujarat’s Chief Minister (Narendra Modi) participated in a panel discussion on the topic, Rurbanization – Changing Face of Modern India. Other panelists included entrepreneurs in the healthcare sector, bureaucrats, and journalists. I was unable to find a working video url for the …

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