Sakhi Unique Rural Enterprise Pvt. Ltd.
Upmanyu Patil - CEO
Sakhi Unique Rural Enterprise Private
Limited was founded
in 2009 as Sakhi Retail Private Limited. We specialize
- Creation of a rural retail women
entrepreneur network focussed on reaching out clean and green energy product
solutions to those at the Base of the Pyramid- .We aim at building an ecosystem for promoting the use of clean energy
products and solutions as well as building the entrepreneurial capacity of our
women network that delivers and services these solutions for those at the BOP.
- Micro Business Incubator – We encourage rural women entrepreneurs to undertake micro businesses
which result in a social impact by providing them access to technology, finance
SURE has built long standing
strategic partnerships with leading companies in the sector for prototyping and
producing clean and green products for the rural BOP markets, we also support
such companies in cutting down distribution costs and reaching the BOP market
in an effective manner.
SURE is a business associate
of Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) a learning and development grassroots based
- 82 % of the population living in rural areas do not have access to
electricity and use traditional modes of energy like animal dung; agricultural
- Use of traditional fuel is estimated
to cause around 400,000 premature annual deaths due to various respiratory
- Rural women have to walk many kilometres - leaving nearly two-fifths of
women malnourished and anaemic.
- In Rural area
80 % health problems – water borne diseases and high TDS (Total Dissolved
Solids) in water.
level of TDS in Water – 50 -100 mgs/Liters. However in rural areas today it is
as high as 600 – 1200 mgs/ Liters.
affordability – Individual Water filters- Bottled drinking water – forces usage
of contaminated water.
In both the above scenario it is
often the women of households who face the brunt of the above problems. Hence
we sought to empower women and involve them by providing skills and organized
platforms to attain sustainable livelihoods and incomes while promoting
Building the capacity and skills of
women in rural areas by providing them access to technology, markets and finance facilitating them in taking up
businesses in relation to clean and green energy solutions and health and
sanitation, thereby involving communities in their own welfare and ensuring
sustainability through a business perspective.
SURE aims at creating a rural to
rural energy chain whereby rural women entrepreneurs undertake the marketing of
clean energy solutions to those at the Base of the Pyramid thereby reducing
distribution costs and streamlining rural supply chains.
SURE has built long standing strategic
partnerships with leading companies in the sector for prototyping and producing
clean and green products with active participation and inputs from our rural
women retail network thereby reaching those at the BOP in an effective manner.
SURE has recently also incubated 2
micro entrepreneurs in Solapur to enable them to establish their own micro
businesses resulting in social impact to their community by facilitating their
access to technology and finance.
- SURE has reached out 70,000+ improved cook stoves and bio fuel pellets to rural low income households.
- Social Impact
- Skilling rural women to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs
- Creation of network of women
entrepreneurs' and grassroots business leaders.
- Positive behaviour change towards clean and green solutions.
- Economic Development
- More than 33% income growth annually per Sakhis.
- Households have saved around
ten million Rupees a month on fuel; reduced
indoor air pollution which has led to better health and productivity for women,
girls and families.* (* Rs. 150 per
month saved on cooking fuel cost per household)
- Health & Environment
- Reduces pollution levels in kitchens
- Enhanced health standards
- Release of productive time for women and girls.
- Set up Water
treatment plant in Latur – TDS brought down to 60 -70 mgs/ Liter
- Provide water
at Re 1 /- Liter at the door step of end consumers.
- Currently supplying to more than0 100
households from our water treatment plants in 3 different locations.
Investment Needed: We are looking at funding for around USD
3- 4 million. Yes the same can be showcased on Artha Portal.