Winners of the 2011 India Development Marketplace

No. Organization Proposal Title State Sector
1 Adhikar Micro Spinning Mills: Spinning prosperity back into the villages Orissa Livelihoods (Also including Microfinance and other Financial services)
2 Babajob Leveraging Mobile Technology to Radically Improve Information Efficiency in the Informal Sector  Bihar, Orissa, Rajsthan Education and Training projects that lead to Employment
3 BAIF Rajasthan Amla Producers’ Organization: Scaling up the benefits and positive income impact to small marginal Amla farmers through productivity enhancements and market linkages Rajasthan Agriculture (Also includes horticulture, cash crops, livestock and food products)
4 Bihar Development Trust Scaling up Bihar Development Trust  Bihar Handicrafts (Also includes Rural tourism, preserving arts etc)
5 Educate Girls Sponsoring 767 Shiksha Preraks to boost learning levels in Jalor district  Rajasthan Education and Training projects that lead to Employment
6 Elements Akademia  Training & Placement for 10,000 Customer Service Associate positions in Retail sector in 2 Districts of Bihar Bihar Education and Training projects that lead to Employment
7 Healing Heritage Enterprise development through developing the herbal formulations on anti-Malarials and its application to save people in hilly and tribal Orissa  Orissa Healthcare services and solutions
8 Industree Crafts Building Producer Owned Micro Enterprises supporting artisanal livelihoods  Bihar, Orissa, Rajsthan Handicrafts (Also includes Rural tourism, preserving arts etc)
9 Operation ASHA Prevention, Control and Treatment of Tuberculosis amongst 110,000 disadvantaged persons in 12 slums in Rajasthan and Orissa  Orissa, Rajasthan Healthcare services and solutions
10 Rangsutra Rangsutra – The next leap of faith: “Strengthening the base in order to scale up significantly and successfully”  Rajasthan Handicrafts (Also includes Rural tourism, preserving arts etc)
11 Sadhna Sadhna Scale-up project on textile handicrafts  Rajasthan Handicrafts (Also includes Rural tourism, preserving arts etc)
12 Saran Renewable Energy Reclamation of wastelands for energy plantations and agriculture  Bihar Renewable/ clean Energy
13 Selco-Nidan Selco-Nidan Solar Initiative in Bihar  Bihar Renewable/ clean Energy
14 Womens organization for socio- cultural awareness Up scaling of Tracking livelihood Entitlements of rural communities in Orissa using mobile phone and information technology Orissa Other categories (Such as legal frameworks for empowerment, Solid waste management, Governance, child labor etc)

Case Studies


Envisaged as a bridge between artisans and consumers, Rangsutra works with small producer groups based in remote villages and towns in around 9 locations across the Indian states of Rajasthan, Uttaranchal and Assam. It strengthens economic security in vulnerable communities by empowering members to create top quality hand made products which are then sourced and marketed to urban consumers through leading retailers.

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    We are looking at this money more as in investment in infrastructure development as well as human resource development. We believe that the results of this will be seen very soon.
    Sumita Ghose, Managing Director, Rangsutra Crafts India Ltd.
    In the last 3 years we have trained and placed 10,000 people [in jobs]. In this World Bank sponsored project we are trying to train and place 10,000 people in Bihar alone.
    Nishant Saxena, CEO Elements Akademia Pvt. Ltd.
    DM is the definitely feels good. It has taken a lot of thought process as to how we take reliable lighting sources to Bihar...Winning DM matters a lot...the financial support will help us to build infrastructure, develop capacity of people to implement the program [of providing quality lighting to the poor] properly in Bihar.
    Prasanta Biswal, Sr. Manager – Mission Projects, Selco Solar Lights (P) Ltd.
    Basically a start-up needs to use the grant for the costs of capacity building of community, mobilization etc. Then there is the technical, research and development cost for doing the innovation part. The third necessity is providing the market linkage to the producer groups. These are the 3 core things that social entrepreneurs [look for] and for these, funds are not available. This will be the greatest benefit of the DM.
    Ravi Chandra, Managing Trustee, Bihar Development Trust
    As far as scale is concerned, we have understood that a lot of capacity building is required for that. Resourcing and networking [with] other agencies is also important.
    Prabitra Mishra, Programme Director, Adhikar
    We feel honoured, we are a young enterprise and being recognized by an institution like World Bank is a great feeling. We are pretty enthused to move ahead in a comparatively faster manner...we are looking forward to the coming 24 months when we are going to get various kind of inputs.
    Devendra Shukla, Chief Operating Officer, Educate Girls
    Through DM we have proposed to scale it up to different areas covering another 44,000 households where we can monitor the social security scheme. I am definitely thrilled and excited because this money will [make] us think in a different way, to upgrade our technology, our HR and streamlining our processes from a certain level to a different level. We need to build our capacity through DM.
    Mansingh Durga Prasad Nayak, Programme Director, (WOSCA)
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