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    SSP is declared as winner of Equator Prize 2017 by UNDP for women’s leadership and innovative solutions in climate resilient farming in Marathwada, India

    30th Jun 2017

    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 !!!

    27th Apr 2017

     

    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. https://twitter.com/sspindia/status/857537178804432896
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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!

    10th Mar 2017

    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 http://aamhisakhi.sspindia.org


    SSP Wins UN Award for Climate Change Solutions

    16th Nov 2016

    SSP won the 2016 United Nations Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity Award (UNFCCC) for rural community leaders combating climate change in Morocco on November 16, 2016. Click here to read the booklet, profiling some of our exemplar Sakhis or women entrepreneurs who won it! download


    Upmanyu Patil of SSP Addresses The Economic Times 4th Annual Rural Strategy Summit

    23rd Sep 2016

    The Economic Times 4th Annual Rural Strategy Summit was held on the 23rd of September in Mumbai. This is the most exclusive annual gathering of the leading stakeholders working across different industry sectors in the rural domain, coming together to discuss, deliberate and analyze the latest trends in the sector, in a disruptive an ever changing environment. Upmanyu Patil, Swayam Shikshan Prayog was a speaker at this event.


    SSP Chosen as Key Implementing Partner in HSBC Skills For Life Program

    22nd Jul 2016

    Swayam Shikshan Prayog has been selected as one of the key implementing partners under HSBC Skills For Life program. HSBC Skills for Life is a five-year INR 1 billion (£10 million) commitment by HSBC India that will support NGOs in India to provide employment and entrepreneurship-linked skills training for disadvantaged young people and focus on livelihood enhancement and financial education of women. SSP was selected as one of 16 partners to implement the program in Maharashtra from over 800 NGO's across across 28 states in India in July 2016. SSP will train over 350 adolescent girls in entrepreneurship and vocational skills in Marathwada region of Maharashtra.


    Unleash: Opportunities, Aspirations, Leadership. Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment for Global Change

    5th Jul 2016

    Ms. Prema Gopalan, a speaker on the panel Intern-linkages between Energy Transitions and Gender at the first India-Africa Women’s Forum to address how women's equal and active participation can be encouraged in various areas.


    Book Launch and Discussion on ‘Crisis and Gender’

    17th Jun 2016

    Chennai played host to a panel discussion on ‘Crisis and Gender’, with experts in the field from across India interacting with the participants. The discussion followed the launch of the book ‘Women and Disasters in South Asia: Survival, Security and Development’.


    Photo Essay by Atish Patel

    7th Jun 2016

    Learn about how SSP supported by Misereor Germany and Huairou Commission in partnership with thousands of women farmers mitigated the impact of drought in Maharashtra, India through this powerful photo essay by Atish Patel.


    SSP’s wPOWER Program in Social Shorthand

    29th May 2016

    Learn about ​the ​wPOWER program ​led by Swayam Shikshan Prayog ​(SSP) ​supported by the US Department of State and USAID ​/India that's empowering rural women and helping to bring about a greener tomorrow.


    Empowered women in drought areas take up farming

    6th May 2016

    The Better India and TOI has featured our women leaders and highlighted SSP's efforts. Women in drought-hit Maharashtra prove they’re better farmers by bringing home the food and keeping suicides at bay.


    Finalist for Social Entrepreneur Award 2015

    3rd Nov 2015

    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation selected Ms. Prema Gopalan as one of the four finalists of the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2015.


    Marathwada Drought Crisis: Women’s Collectives Instill Hope

    16th Sep 2015

    Osmanabad, Latur and Beed districts in Marathwada region of Maharashtra are facing the worst ever drought of the century. The Swayam Shikshan Prayog has empowered women as decision makers and changemakers in this situation.


    Prema Gopalan Features on Mint – The Success of SSP

    9th Aug 2015

    Prema Gopalan, Executive Director of SSP featured on Mint in an article- Empowering Rural Women to Provide Health Services where she speaks about the Arogya Sakhi Program of Swayam Shikshan Prayog which trains landless women to provide basic health services at affordable prices.


    SSP has won the #mBillionth South Asia Award 2015

    23rd Jul 2015

    Swayam Shikshan Prayog was awarded the 6th mBillionth South Asia Award 2015 under the M-Health Category on July 23 2015, New Delhi, India. SSP received the award for its technology enabled project being implemented in partnership with Sofomo Embedded Solutions Pvt. Ltd for "Arogya Sakhi.


    Flood Preparedness Trainer’s Training at Nepal

    12th Jul 2015

    ICIMOD invited Mr. Laxmikant Malvadkar as SSP representative to deliver flood preparedness training of trainers to Nepal organizations. The two days TOT and 3 days village meetings were conducted from 27th June to 5th July in TRIYUGA region at Gaighat of Nepal.


    Training of Climate Change Leaders

    26th Jun 2015

    The project aims to cover 150 women act as climate change leaders from Latur, Osmanabad and Nanded districts, Maharashtra and contribute with their community. The first round of Training held at Latur on 25-26th June, 2015 was participated by 17 women leaders.


    Ms. Prema Gopalan with the British High Commissioner and Hon Minister Maneka Gandhi

    25th Jun 2015

    Ms. Prema Gopalan with the British High Commissioner and Hon Minister Maneka Gandhi at an event at Delhi to celebrate the launch of Young Women Social Entrepreneurship Development Program Phase II and the reception at his residence on June 25, 2015.


    SSP has been certified Transparency Badge from GuideStar India

    27th Jan 2014

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    Info on Best Innovation Awards received by SSP

    27th Jan 2014

    Swayam Shikshan Prayog (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. MSRLM through the MRLIF aims at partnering with organizations that go beyond income generation activities and employment programs to include capacity building, financial inclusion, social mobilization and marketing services which are important elements of livelihoods enhancement.

    MRLIF is a forum which recognizes such innovations in areas of social and financial inclusion, livelihood and sub sectors, social entrepreneurship and inclusive business models. The award was presented to the Founder and Director of SSP, Ms. Prema Gopalan by eminent dignitary, Shri Jairam Ramesh, Honorable Minister for Rural Development. SSP was selected as the finalist amongst 38 finalists shortlisted from over 400 applications in Maharashtra. SSP shall partner with MSRLM to scale up its impact in Maharashtra by employing a co-creation model for the BoP that allows rural women entrepreneurs to directly collaborate with private corporations through our recently established Clean Energy Hub -an innovative platform designed to provide a one-stop-shop to the private sector for accessing the rural market and significantly improve clean energy access through the network of Sakhis.

    Swayam Shikshan Prayog (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. The Bihar Innovation Forum is an initiative of the Government of Bihar supported by the World Bank and implemented by the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS) in collaboration with the State Innovation Council. SSP was one of the 67 finalists shortlisted from 2000 applications received on a Pan India basis. The award was presented to the Program Director of wPOWER project in SSP, Mr. Upmanyu Patil and the Team Leader of Entrepreneurship Training Program, Mr. Laxmikant Malvadkar by eminent dignitary, Shri.Nitish Kumar, Honorable Chief Minister, Bihar. The Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society shall partner with the winners to replicate and scale up their innovation in Bihar by facilitating access to Human Resources, Investments and Credit, Economic Capital and Last Mile Delivery Support. SSP seeks to partner with BRLPS and other private and public corporations in Bihar to employ a co-creation model for the BoP that allows rural women entrepreneurs to directly collaborate with private corporations through our recently established Clean Energy Hub -an innovative platform designed to provide a one-stop-shop to the private sector for accessing the rural market and significantly improve clean energy access through the network of Sakhis.


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      SSP's project “Rural Community Leaders Combating Climate Change” is one of the 13 Projects from Across the Globe to be Honoured at UN Climate Conference taking place at the U...
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      HelpYourNGO is the official charity partner of Pune-based Marathon Veterun. HelpYourNGO has chosen Swayam Shikshan Prayog to be one of the causes that the marathoners can raise funds for. They are promoting the marathon and the NGOs aggressively on multiple channels. Runners have already begun choosing causes to support. It would be great if you co...
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      A State level workshop on Exploring Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs in Clean Energy initiatives and Climate Change Adaptation was organized by Swayam Shikshan Prayog on August 26, 2016 The workshop was conducted at A N Sinha Institute of Social Sciences, Patna, to provide an opportunity for grassroots women’s groups to interact and explore ...
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      Debriefing workshop and discussion of findings from the Nutrition study conducted by the Misereor Research Team Study on One-acre model, the sustainable agricultural practices model promoted by Swayam Shikshan Prayog was held on August 2-6, 2016. The workshop brought out interesting leanings, reflections and recommendations from women farmers and s...
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      Clearing Corporation of India Limited (CCIL) granted support towards SSP’s programs targeted at drought relief in Marathwada region in Maharashtra. The project will reach out to 2000 ​small and marginalized women farmers ​across 20 villages Latur district. Further entrepreneurship development and livelihood diversification workshops will be ...