The Ecosystem

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SSP functions as an “umbrella” organization, a consortium of four social enterprises
to execute its activities on-ground. These social enterprises collaborate to form an
enabling ecosystem for women entrepreneurs.

Through our entities, SSP builds women-led rural markets at three levels:

  • We make women part of the rural economy through business-coaching.
  • We extend monetary support to rural women foraying into entrepreneurship.
  • We create a network of these women entrepreneurs to scale their operations
    through strategic partnerships between corporate and local women
    entrepreneurs.

Our entities function independently as sustainable enterprises, managed by CEOs
at the helm of business development and operations.

SSEN (Sakhi Social Enterprise Network) is SSP’s rural school of entrepreneurship
that builds the knowledge capital and leadership acumen of grassroots women
and adolescent girls. The school offers a 100-hour program spread over ten days
in three months, covering various interactive modules to equip new entrepreneurs.
A study by SSEN indicated that upon completing the courses, nearly 80% of its
trainees have either launched a business, or diversified their existing business.

SAST (Sakhi Arogya Samudaya Trust)is a community health organization that delivers door-step preventive health services using health technology through Arogya Sakhis or health promoters. A network of Arogya Sakhis liaisons with Primary Health Centers (PHCs), district hospitals, private medical practitioners and doctors. The Arogya Sakhis act as bare-foot doctors providing basic medication and as referral agents to appropriate health centers. These health entrepreneurs ensure that everyone in the value chain makes a profit.

SURE (Sakhi Unique Rural Enterprise) is a social enterprise that provides incubation support, dedicated branding, marketing and distribution services to grassroots business women. With a distributor network of 1000 women (all tutored by SSEN), SURE identifies market opportunities in rural areas, negotiates with businesses and markets for the selected products through Sakhis. Acting as a link between producers and consumers, SURE procures, stores and sells. It handles logistics and distribution. SURE has facilitated 15 strategic marketing tie ups between Sakhi networks and corporate houses such as British Petroleum, FirstEnergy, Godrej, Eureka Forbes, Kirloskar, and D.Light among others.

SSK (Sakhi Samudaya Kosh) promotes financial inclusion and delivers financial services such as microfinance, insurance and start-up capital for women entrepreneurs. SHG federations give women the social capital to catapult into entrepreneurship and business leadership. Women who are nominated by SHG members sign up for SSEN’s rural school of entrepreneurship. SSEN equips them to prepare business plans to launch and grow ventures of their choice. SSK offers financial support that enables women to capitalize their micro or small enterprises.