SSP is declared as winner of Equator Prize 2017 by UNDP

Swayam Shikshan Prayog is one of the 15 winners of Equator Prize 2017 by UNDP. SSP has been selected from 806 nominations from 120 countries for its women led climate resilient agro-ecological farming model and entrepreneurship and has empowered more than 72,000 women in the Marathwada region of India.

Kamal Kumbhar from SSP has received the 2017 Woman Exemplar Award of CII Foundation in the Micro enterprise category from the Honorable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. A proud moment for all of us !!!


After receiving the Woman Exemplar Award, Kamal said to Ms. Prema Gopalan, Executive Director, SSP “I have never felt so happy in my life, and I’m proud that women like me are now recognized by CII and the President of our country. When asked about her message, poor women need to stop being afraid, and start two or three businesses at a time, so if one fails, they have at one business to support their families.”

“Kamal is one our grassroots women leader who is a mentor to many thousands of women. I have known her since 15 years, when she entered the bangle business, and soon shared her market connections with over hundred new women, helping them to earn incomes. She next approached the Electricity Board, to get the bill collection contract for many women. After that she grew her network to women in unconventional sector – as solar energy entrepreneurs with an ambition of creating solar communities and tackling environment”, Prema Gopalan.

Kamal Kumbhar is a serial entrepreneur and leader of the grassroots women’s network of Swayam Shikshan Prayog from Hinglajwadi, Osmanabad, Maharashtra.

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SSP honored over 150 grassroots women leaders on International Women’s Day and the week as part of our 1000 women strong gatherings!

SSP honored over 150 grassroots women leaders for their outstanding community initiatives on 8th March 2017 Women‘s Day and the week as part of our 1000 women strong gatherings ! Click here to read the news on these Sakhi Melavas

Momentum for Change: Women for Results, Showcase Event, 16 Nov 2016

Ms Prema Gopalan, Executive Director of SSP along with Prof. Vinod Chandra Menon received the UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change Award 2016 for “Creating a network of Rural Community Leaders Combating Climate Change”. The award was presented by Ms. Teresa Ribera Rodriguez, Chair of the Momentum for Change Advisory Panel in the presence of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon at the Momentum for Change: Women for Results, Showcase Event at the UN Climate Change Conference 2016 held at COP22, Marrakech, Morocco on November 16, 2016.

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SSP was awarded the 2016 UNFCCC Momentum for Change Climate Change Award for “Creating a network of Rural Community Leaders Combating Climate Change” at the Showcase Event at UN Climate Change Conference held at COP22, Marrakech, Morocco on November 16, 2016. SSP is one of the 13 winners of the Award and the only Indian entity being addressed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

SSP was awarded the coveted Rashtriya Swayam Siddh Samman based on our significant contributions to the development sector at the Award ceremony held on Jan 14, 2016 in Delhi.


SSP was awarded the 6th Billionth South Asia Award 2015 under the M-Health Category on July 23 2015, New Delhi, India out of 320 total applications

Ms. Prema Gopalan was selected as one of the four Finalist for the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015

Ms. Prema Gopalan was selected as one of the 50 Most Talented Green Leaders in the World CSR Conference on 17th February, 2015

SSP was the runner up for the AmeriCares Spirit of Humanity 2015 Awards in the field of Women Empowerment in 2015


SSP was awarded at the Vodafone Mobile for Good award 2014 for the Arogya Sakhi Program – Delivering preventive healthcare services at the doorstep by women health entrepreneurs

Ms. Prema Gopalan was honored with the prestigious Assocham Ladies League ALL Grassroots Women of the Decade Achievers Award in 2014

SSP has won the Best Innovation: Rural Energy Sector awarded by the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS) at the Bihar Innovation Forum (BIF) on 31st January, 2014

SSP has won the Best Innovation: Social Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Business Models, awarded by the Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission (MSRLM) at the Maharashtra Rural Livelihoods Innovation Forum (MRLIF) on 27th January, 2014

SSP received the Inclusive India Award 2013-14 from ICICI and CNBC-TV18

Prema has been selected as a Senior Fellow of Synergos in 2014. The Senior Fellows program links extraordinary civil society leaders in a worldwide learning, service and action network. The network aims to strengthen the capacity and opportunities for these leaders to be catalysts and play a major role in partnerships that address the systemic causes of poverty and promote sustainable social change.

Prema has been selected as the Ashoka Globalizer member in 2014.