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  • Kinetic Plans Power Project for Villages

    Kinetic Chairman, Arun Firodia, who saw an opportunity at bottom-of-the-pyramid long before the phrase became a catchword and launched the moped Luna, now plans to launch a project that would bring power to villages. The plan entails starting a pair of micro-electric plants at villages with a population of over 2,000. The mini wer-generation stations, one each for solar and biomass, will have a capacity of around 35-kilowatts each. "Through our family trust, we will soon be startin...

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    Hindustan Times (link opens in a new window)
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    South Asia
  • In India, for India: Medical Device Makers Plug In

    (Reuters) - In a sleek glass and chrome building in Bangalore’s software hub, the more than 1,000 young researchers and engineers at GE Healthcare could hold the keys to innovations that save lives in India’s vast hinterland. The 50,000-sq. ft. R&D facility, GE Healthcare’s largest, recently launched the MACi, a portable electrocardiogram (ECG) machine that weighs less than 1 kilo and runs on a battery even in hot, dusty conditi...

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    Reuters (link opens in a new window)
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    South Asia
  • India’s Mobile Providers: Competing for Calls at the Bottom of the Pyramid

    Six months ago, Chunnilal Menaria’s wife grumbled about her husband spending US$45 on a mobile phone. They lived in a one-room stone house, with no toilets or running water, only eight hours of electricity a day and earned US$60 a month with which they fed their family of five. The monsoon seasons, from which India derives much of its annual rainfall, have been poor over the past couple years and forced Menaria to take up carpentry to supplement his dwi...

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    Knowledge@Wharton (link opens in a new window)
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    South Asia
  • India’s Poor Risk ’Slow Death’ Recycling ’E-Waste’

    NEW DELHI - Young rag-pickers sifting through rubbish are a common image of India’s chronic poverty, but destitute children face new hazards picking apart old computers as part of the growing "e-waste" industry. Asif, aged seven, spends his days dismantling electronic equipment in a tiny, dimly-lit unit in east Delhi along with six other boys. "My work is to pick out these small black boxes," he said, fingers deftly prising out integr...

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    AFP (link opens in a new window)
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    South Asia
  • D.Light Wins Ashden Award

    D light Design, an Indian social enterprise that brings innovative solar lanterns to many people across India and other developing countries, has won the top Gold Award at the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy 2010. The prize, worth 40,000 pounds, was announced on Thursday night by noted environmentalist and broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough. D light Design was chosen for designing, manufacturing and marketing high quality, durable and affordable solar lanterns. In the w...

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    Hindustan Times (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • Rang De: India’s First Online Platform for Micro-Credit

    Kanakama Redi, a vegetable vendor in Puri, Orissa used to work from 8.00 am till late in the evening. Yet, most of her earnings were lost in repayment of the loan, availed at higher credit rates, to buy vegetables. Like her, Baban who makes bamboo baskets too could not make the most of her skills earlier as she required money for the raw material and it came at a high interest from the local lender. But things changed once micro-finance facilitator Rang De took care of their small-term requir...

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    Economic Times (link opens in a new window)
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    South Asia
  • The Pyramid Base Will Get Much Larger

    C K Prahalad’s paradigm of targeting the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid makes for great anecdotes. But it’s easier said than done. India is the ideal environment for "field experiments". Secular growth has seen millions move up from abject poverty to lower-income and then from lower-income to middle-income level. The sociologists and demographers have fierce, politically-loaded arguments about the percentage of poverty reduction. ...

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    Business Standard (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • Millennium Development Goals: Profit has a Place at the Base of the Pyramid

    The death in April of C.K. Prahalad, the academic who identified the "fortune at the bottom of the pyramid", was a loss to many - and particularly those who believe business has a role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the list of eight targets drawn up by the United Nations in 2000. However, Mr Prahalad’s work lives on: many companies are looking at ways to address the development goals - which include poverty reduction...

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    Financial Times (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
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