Awards & Recognition

SSP’s contribution towards creating scalable ecosystem for community development has won us many accolades. We are now recognized as leading proponents for upliftment of marginalized rural communities through women empowerment, and setting up value chains for non-traditional BOP products in rural India. These recognitions are testimony to our relentless efforts. We continue to strive towards empowering women to take charge, and lead their communities to a better future.


SSP is one of the 15 winners of the 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 in India.

Kamal Kumbhar, a serial entrepreneur from SSP received ‘Women Transforming India Awards 2017’ from Wing Commander Pooja Thakur at the Award Ceremony held on 29th August, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The award was launched by NITI Aayog, in partnership with United Nations in India and MyGov.

Kamal Kumbhar, a serial entrepreneur 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 on 27th April, 2017 at New Delhi, India.

GuideStar India recognizes organizations that practice and voluntarily demonstrate their transparency and accountability in the public domain. Swayam Shikshan Prayog is an Advanced level winner the GuideStar India NGO Transparency Award and received Gold Seal certification valid till 31 December 2017.


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.


Spirit of Humanity Awards 2012 by AmeriCares India. SSP has been shortlisted in the Women’s Health category for the Spirit of Humanity Awards 2012 by the AmeriCares India and has got a Certificate of Merit Award in recognition of outstanding contribution towards healthcare for society.

EdelGive Social Innovation Honors 2012 by Edelweiss Financial Services Limited. SSP was the runner up for the Category of Economic Security and Livelihoods for the EdelGive Social Innovation Honors 2012. We have been shortlisted from the applications received from over 250 NGOs in India.

wPOWER grant by USAID/India for SSP for its commitment to empower over 1000 women entrepreneurs between 2012 and 2015, to launch small businesses around innovative clean technologies in Maharashtra and Bihar.


SSP is one of the three Award Winners of Changemakers Competition 2008 by Global Water Challenge (GWC) for the Innovation `Small Steps, Big Leaps: Community Led Approach to Water and Sanitation’ selected from 265 entries from 54 countries.

Finalist for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 Award of the Khemka Foundation with UNDP and Schwab selected from 140 entries in India.