Harish Hande

Ashoka Fellow
Karnataka, Karnataka, India
Fellow Since 2008


This profile was prepared when Harish Hande was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
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.
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