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.