Model & Strategy

65 million Indians live in grinding poverty in the heart of India’s biggest cities, with most struggling to meet their basic daily household needs – including access to electricity, safe drinking water and clean cooking.  Pollinate Energy brings life-changing products to people who need them most – from solar powered lights to improved cook stoves to water filters. For India’s poor, we are the missing link in the chain, allowing them to access, understand, and afford household products that make daily life better and safer.  Pollinate does all this whilst creating jobs for people from disadvantaged backgrounds, called Pollinators, giving them the skills and tools to generate a sustainable income and a valuable role in supporting their local communities.

At a Glance
Founded: 2013
Systemic Poverty
Location of work: International, Asia
Pollinate Energy
Level 2, #4/1 Millers Tank Bund Rd
Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore
Bringing life-changing products to people who need them most
Pollinator walking thru streets of India in a yellow polo shirt
Alexie Seller headshot
Meet Alexie Seller

Alexie Seller, cofounder and CEO of Pollinate Energy, originally embarked upon a career in engineering, to fuel a ravenous need to understand how and why the world was the way it was. Whilst studying and working, Alexie spent her spare time working with under-privileged communities, working with orphaned or urban poor children across central America, teaching hip hop in the Christmas Island detention centres, and finally leading the Engineers Without Borders energy hub. It wasn’t going to be long before she would see these two worlds collide, and is now bringing her expertise in project management and engineering, along with valuable knowledge in the NGO sector, co-founding Pollinate Energy – a social enterprise bringing renewable energy to the urban poor.

Impact

Since 2012 Pollinate Energy has sold more than 111,000 products, impacting more than half a million people. Customers have saved more than US$16.5M and displaced 1.43M tonnes of CO2

Their customer service focus, including after sales support, is a key differentiator and business model advantage to help break the cycle of poverty.

 

Thanks to the financial benefit of these long-term sustainable solutions, Pollinate Energy’s customers have collectively saved over INR 118 million ($ 1.75million USD).

They have empowered more than 500 people across India and Nepal who gain income, skills, and respect through their holistic approach to developing and supporting local change agents.

  • Reaching more communities is only possible with the support of our team, volunteers, partners and supporters. If yo… https://t.co/pW4dU2TbCb
  • Nearly 40 percent of Nepalese women between the ages of 20 and 24 were married by the time they turned 18, @UNICEFhttps://t.co/qld4GWNY1f
  • RT @AndyNarracott: RT @FindingImpact: Three tips for scaling social enterprise on @NextBillion - with @PollinateEnergy who recommends you s…
  • Impact highlight: Fellows play a vital role in progressing and reporting on our impact. Have a flick through our I… https://t.co/n52X7l9z5x
  • VOTE for our proposed session: Is exit a dirty word in social #entrepreneurship? Are founder egos holding us back?… https://t.co/c8XJKrJKkz
  • Seven Women Entrepreneurs of Solar Energy - featuring Monique Alfris and six other amazing women changing the futur… https://t.co/HdNQ3W2mEQ
  • A wonderful insight from Lavanya, one of our recent Professionals Fellowship participants. Huge thanks to… https://t.co/ZTnzpqfvwD
  • RT @AECOM: Our #Brisbane-based mechanical engineer, Juliette Lee, recently visited Bangalore, India w/ @PollinateEnergy through the #AECOMB…
  • RT @AECOM: On a two-week service trip to Bengaluru, India, our landscape architect Suzanne Crawford worked with @PollinateEnergy to identif…
  • We could go on about being part of a close-knit, innovative team, or the flexibility, or the office in North Fitzro… https://t.co/jK4rwlkZNU
  • Impact highlight: Our Impact Assessment Report shares how we're working hard to create opportunities and alleviate… https://t.co/cLsarX7lt8
  • RT @heatherrim: There’s nothing like the power of #community. So inspired by the work our employees do to build a better world for generati…
  • RT @thehimalayan: #Opinion: Change begins from an individual. So, let the change start from you. All it takes is a change in your perceptio…
  • RT @AECOM: In her second blog from #Bangalore, #India, Juliette writes about her project with @PollinateEnergy, the Poverty Index Study. Re…
  • Hellooo Hyderabad - we've missed you :) This August we'll be facilitating our first Professionals Fellowship in Hy… https://t.co/Ke2hEOoRQU
  • Join our amazing and fun Fitzroy North team to enable our fellows to have the best experience and the best impact i… https://t.co/YsScfFGvri
  • It's been 12 months since @AECOM supported their staff on our 40th Program, and on May 31st, 5 more of the A/NZ tea… https://t.co/qumHAmbFyJ
  • Thanks Juliette and @AECOM for sharing this experience with us and progressing our impact 🙌🙌🙌 #SDGs #AECOMBlueprint https://t.co/HKS5jyohDG
  • Impact highlight: Our programs increase income, financial freedom and feelings of empowerment for women across Indi… https://t.co/TviL7dU1n1
  • "Seeing the work that the Pollinate Group is doing on a community-based level has really cemented in me that you ca… https://t.co/K65BWJAZjA