Lighting the Way to Women’s Economic Empowerment

The women of East and Northeast India no longer need to fear the dark. ONergy, an award-winning social enterprise, has developed a number of innovative energy solutions that not only address the dearth of electricity in the region – improving safety in their communities – but also light a path toward economic empowerment for women.

Incubators evoke little CSR interest

Piyush Jaju, founder of ONergy, which sells solar equipment to rural households, said it is difficult for incubators to get CSR funding. “Companies do not like to mix what they do for profit and what they do with a social motive. For CSR, companies are focused on charity. Changing that mindset is very difficult,” said Jaju. “ We cant rely on this as a source of funding,” he added.

Onergy, VSSU join hands for solar station in South 24-Parganas

A solar power station — Vivekananda Shakti Kendra — has been set up at Ullon near Lakshmikantapur in South 24-Parganas. The project is a joint venture of Onergy, a brainchild of environmental entrepreneur Vinay Jaju, and the Vivekananda Sevakendra-O-Sishu Uddyan.