Ashoka Fellow
India
Fellow Since 2008
    This description of Harish Hande's work was prepared when Harish Hande was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
    Introduction
    Harish Hande is uplifting underserved populations by selling, servicing, and financing clean energy that improves their quality of life. The ingenuity of Harish’s approach came from questioning three assumptions, namely, that the poor cannot afford clean and sustainable energy; they cannot maintain such systems; and, an organization cannot operate a commercial venture while trying to meet social objectives.
    The New Idea
    The Problem
    The Strategy
    The Person

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