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Empowering women to bring clean energy access to the world’s most neglected communities

Pollinate Group

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Varied Ages
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

Pollinate Group works with marginalised communities living in extreme poverty in India and Nepal who have been overlooked by most other development actors. Since 2012, our work has shown that with skills and support, women living in extreme poverty are able to access dignified employment and improve their quality of life. Close to 100% of our entrepreneurs have reported increases in their levels of self-confidence, skills and income as a result of their work with us, and have brought clean energy access to over 700,000 people. Over the next two years, Pollinate Group plans to enhance and transition our successful and proven women entrepreneurship model to scale in order to reach 1.5 million more families with clean energy access. We plan to do this through two innovative approaches.

Firstly, we will add a new digital training platform and sales management application to our offering for women entrepreneurs to enable them to leverage digital technology to access training content any time, and any number of times, increase their sales, better manage their inventory, and make cashless transactions to customers. Secondly, we will partner with local NGOs to recruit more women into our network from communities in order to scale our women entrepreneurship model and reach more women from marginalised communities across India and Nepal. Through these approaches, we will be able to equip many more families to move out of poverty over the long-term.

Expected Outcomes

Over the next two years, we aim to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Create jobs for 4,000 women from marginalised communities;
  • Provide 4,000 women with basic product training, sales and marketing training, digital and financial literacy awareness, and soft skills training to enable them to become successful entrepreneurs;
  • Expand our network into new rural and peri-urban districts in India and Nepal leveraging our regional presence across Karnataka, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal States in India and Provinces 3,5,7 in Nepal; and
  • Positively impact the lives of 1.5 million people living on less than 1.90 USD per day in India and Nepal through the sale of 500,000 clean energy and household products, enabling them to save time, save money and improve their health over the long term.

Project Data & Lessons

Pollinate Group has a rigorous monitoring and evaluation system and well-developed impact framework which we have used to assess the impact of our work with our women entrepreneurs, customers and on the environment over the last 5 years. Our methodology has been developed in conjunction with Acumen’s Lean Data approach as well as the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor. We use both qualitative methods (such as interviews and surveys) and quantitative methods (such as sales data) to measure our impact. We will share data and lessons learned from our project with the global communities which we are part of (such as the UNDP Business Call to Action) to help other organisations use technology and partnerships to scale their work with women entrepreneurs/bring life-changing products to low-income communities. We will also share our findings with the general public through social media posts, our blog, our Annual Reports and biennial Impact Assessment reports that are published on our website.

Project Dates

Project Commences: July 1, 2021
Project Completes: December 31, 2023

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Other Funding Sources
Foundations, individual donors, corporate donors
Other Support Opportunities
In-kind contributions

Organisation Details

Pollinate Group
ABN: 96 161 067 492 22


Manasi Kogekar
Phone: 0412633645

About Pollinate Group

Pollinate Group empowers women as leaders of change to distribute household products, such as solar lights and cooking appliances, that improve health, save time and save money for the world’s most neglected communities. We identify, train and develop local women entrepreneurs who serve hard to reach families living on less than US$1.90 a day. Women entrepreneurs earn respect and meaningful income and act as role models who raise awareness about better product alternatives. We provide more than business skills and products. We support community activities to position women as leaders and work with each woman’s family to bring them on the journey. We’ve reached more than 700,000 people across India and Nepal and empowered more than 900 women to bring positive change in their communities. Our network is committed to reaching the communities nobody else will. Through our work, women establish trusting, long term service relationships with their communities. Our customer service focus, including after sales support, is a key differentiator and advantage to help families break the cycle of poverty. To make products affordable we offer customised, cash-based payment plans and the default rate is a meagre 2%. In addition to enabling access to life-improving products, and increasing women entrepreneur’s skills, confidence and rapid income growth, we deliver immersive programs for students, professionals and leaders seeking to have immediate impact and learn about opportunities

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