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Nilima Achwal
The Female Founders Lab

Nilima Achwal is the founder of The Female Founders Lab, a global, virtual ecosystem of female impact entrepreneurs creating ventures that will radically transform our world to be more regenerative, sustainable, holistic, democratic, and just.

Nilima is a globally recognized entrepreneur, speaker, venture coach, and writer working to transform systems and industries through social entrepreneurship. Previously, she founded a taboo-breaking social venture called Iesha Learning, bringing sex education and gender sensitization to half a million middle schoolers across India. She also conceptualized and launched a social enterprise incubation program that was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, which succeeded in raising seed capital for early-stage entrepreneurs in sustainable energy, holistic education, inclusive finance, regenerative agriculture and food systems, and new paradigm healthcare.

Nilima has been published and featured in VICE, USA Today, and Harvard Business Review, was named in the top 100 global social entrepreneurs by Echoing Green and top 8 tech ventures by TechStars India, has given two TEDx talks, has starred in a reality show about social entrepreneurs reaching 10 million viewers, and has published 15+ business case studies for Kellogg School of Management and Ross Business School.

Follow her on Twitter at @niliach.

 

 

 

Articles by Nilima Achwal

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    Solar Energy for the BoP: Katherine Lucey of Solar Sister

    As part of our series on clean energy, we interviewed Katherine Lucey, the founder of Solar Sister, a Uganda-based social enterprise that is currently in its pilot phase. Solar Sister focuses on employing and empowering local women to act as Avon-type, commissioned saleswomen for solar lanterns. Lucey shares some insights from the field.

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    Yunus Speaks on Social Business: Impact without Profit

    Microfinance guru Muhammad Yunus recently spoke about his new book on social business. Social business, as defined by Yunus, is a venture whose sole mission is to create a positive impact on society through its good or service, and is thoroughly sustainable, but has no profit. Is profit necessary for a business to scale up quickly and efficiently?

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    Getting BoP Products in Consumers’ Hands – MFIs and Micro-dealers Can Help

    How can we get cutting-edge products in the hands of those that need them the most? The clincher lies in effective distribution and the equally important task of winning hearts and minds. MFIs, with their valuable micro-credit and deep relationships with BoP consumers, can be likely partners in distribution, if utilized correctly.

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    A New Brand of Poverty Tourism

    Most have a knee-jerk reaction of repulsion when they hear of poverty tourism, but what about respectful tours that help the local communities? Or ones that open minds, provoke thought, and maybe even action? Poverty tourism is a complicated subject with different faces, so it’s important to look at the real effects of it on the ground.

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    Kiva Fellow in Bolivia, Part 2: Profiles of Entrepreneurs

    We hear a lot about microfinance empowering the poor, but who are these people that we are ostensibly helping? Are we actually helping them? At least at Fundaci?n Agrocapital in Bolivia, the answer is an uncontestable "YES." These entrepreneurs are grateful to have access to micro-loans.

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    A Kiva Fellow Experience with Microfinance in Bolivia: Part 1

    Living and breathing Kiva for three months implied me getting involved with microfinance in every sense - with laypeople that lend in hopes of making an impact,the underrated loan officers, and equally importantly, the other Kiva Fellows that constantly collaborated on best practices and shared an excited, passionate energy online.

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