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Stonesoup is a Bangalore-based organization, which is one of the finalists in the SEED awards, which recognizes eco-inclusive enterprises globally. Ennovent has partnered with SEED to implement the SEED Accelerator programme. Stonesoup creates products to help people make the change towards sustainable living. They offer products related to personal care, home care, menstrual care and composting.  “Our products are comfortable to use and healthy for individuals and the environment. Health and environment are two sides of the same coin,” says Smita Kulkarni, co-founder of Stonesoup. Smita, an ex-techie, founded Stonesoup along with Malini Parmar, who also comes from an IT background. “In the...

Trails Angels, an Austrian travel specialist, and Ennovent partnered with the Austrian Development Agency to establish Fair Trails Himalayas in Nepal. Fair Trails leads the development of sustainable trails in the Himalayas that create impact by driving regional development, supporting local communities and promoting conservation along the routes.  As the first trail – the Snow Leopard Trail (jointly designed with Snow Leopard Conservancy, Third Pole Consultancy and Mountain Spirit) – is now open for people to explore, we chat with Guenter Mussnig from Trail Angels to document the trail design process for Fair Trails Himalayas.   Trail Angels as a company are focused...

Gabish Joshi recently joined Ennovent as the Country Director of Nepal. With a master’s degree in supply chain and logistics management and work experience in fair trade, Gabish wishes to focus on projects that aim to empower local communities.  Gabish is from Kathmandu, Nepal and has gained work experience in Nepal and abroad. After several years of developing his career, with the aim of learning and gaining deeper perspectives, he went to Hong Kong to pursue his master's. “My professional beginning at a fair-trade company led me to cultivate an in-depth understanding of how social enterprises can create a positive and...

India currently has an urban population of more than 377 million, which is further expected to grow to 590 million by 2030. A recent report by the World Bank Group indicates that India needs Rs. 2,533 billion (or Rs. 2.53 lakh crores) between the period 2018 and 2022 to fund new sanitation infrastructure and cover the supporting costs of the same. This is almost equal to India’s annual GDP in 2017. Apart from the apparent financial roadblocks, the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector in India have several other unique challenges including diverse user needs, complex and interconnected problems in the...

Peter Scheuch is the Founder and Managing Director of Ennovent. In this quick Q&A, he reflects on Ennovent’s decade-long journey, our vision and the challenges to meet this vision.  How has the Ennovent journey been in the last decade? What changes has the organisation seen in this period?   In 2008, Ennovent started with a simple vision – to improve the lives of people living in low-income markets. Back then, we structured investments for early-stage startups that served the communities. We worked with organisations and several governments to support startup incubation and acceleration.  However, during the course of the decade, our approach towards achieving...

Phuntsho Namgay recently joined Ennovent as the Country Director of Bhutan. Seeking to scale up our work in Bhutan, we were looking for someone who could work closely with our global and regional teams, to build on our existing work in the country and explore new opportunities to develop and execute impactful projects in Bhutan. Phuntsho was raised in Bhutan and moved outside the country to pursue his undergraduate and graduate studies. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from State University of New York, Stony Brook and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, Sydney. With almost...

The Innovation Hub for Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene or IHUWASH is a collaborative initiative between the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and Ennovent. The three-year project is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and aims to improve the performance of urban WASH programs using a collaborative framework, incorporating both private and public participation. InnoDI is one of the organisations shortlisted as part of the IHUWASH project. A lot has been written about the water crisis in India. This manifold crisis is partly owing to the scarcity of water, and partly due to the lack of...

In October and November 2017, news reports emerged about the plunging air quality in the Delhi-NCR region. This particular incidence of poor air quality was linked to the crop stubble burning season – the time of harvesting the Kharif crop. While crop stubble burning is common globally, it is a widespread practice in the northwest part of India, which includes the states of Punjab and Haryana. Farmers in these states burn the stubble after a harvest season to prepare the field for the new sowing season. A study conducted by Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)...

By Jaya Srinivasan A few months ago, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on Social Role Valorization (SRV). Conducted by the Keystone Foundation, this workshop mainly featured participants who worked with people with disability: caregivers, professionals, founders of organisations, and parents. Interestingly, most of the participants were women, perhaps highlighting their involvement in the sector and the significant role they play in caregiving in their families. [caption id="attachment_4054" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Keystone Institute India[/caption] My introduction to SRV came through a colleague, who learnt of it at a workshop on community mental health late last year, where he represented the citiesRISE...

The Innovation Hub for Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene or IHUWASH is a collaborative initiative between the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and Ennovent. The three-year project is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and aims to improve the performance of urban WASH programs using a collaborative framework, incorporating both private and public participation. Under IHUWASH, national and city-level Innovation Hubs have been established to work closely with national level WASH stakeholders and the city administrations of Faridabad, Udaipur and Mysuru. The IHUWASH Accelerator, implemented by Ennovent, is a program under the IHUWASH platform that finds,...