Model & Strategy

Pollinate Group is a global charity advancing connected social businesses in India and Nepal. They provide families living in underserved communities—such as city slums and remote villages—access to quality household products such as solar lights so that they can save time, money, and live healthier and safer lives.

To reach these customers, they build local distribution networks focused on women, who are empowered through business training to become change agents in their community. These women use their new knowledge and increased confidence to sell and service products to their peers.

Pollinate Group also delivers a fellowship program, which targets students and professionals from around the world and equips them with practical experiences to become the next generation of social and environmental leaders.

At a Glance
Founded: 2013
Founder: Alexie Seller
Current CEO: Sujatha Ramani
Systemic Poverty
Location of work: International, Asia
Pollinate Group
Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore India
A world where women are equipped to lead their communities out of poverty.
Pollinator walking thru streets of India in a yellow polo shirt
Alexie Seller headshot
Meet Alexie Seller

Alexie is the winner of the Advance Australia Social Impact Award (2018) and EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2017). In October 2019, Alexie stepped down as CEO of Pollinate Group.

In January 2020, Pollinate Group announced the appointment of Sujatha Ramani as its new CEO. Ramani has more than 28 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience across sales, marketing, global program management, and engineering. Sujatha holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Science.

Impact

Since 2012, Pollinate Group has sold more than 160,000 products, impacting more than 662,000 people. Customers have saved more than US$16.7M and displaced 65,173 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.

 

 

They have empowered more than 650 people across India and Nepal as entrepreneurs who gain income, skills, and respect through their sales businesses.

  • Did you know that only 52 per cent of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual rela… https://t.co/AvOFQ2C0dt
  • “With the new electric lights we will be able to control the consumption of electricity, as they could be made dim… https://t.co/gm2pdfgYcO
  • "Even before the pandemic, less than a quarter of women in India were in the labor force, putting India among the b… https://t.co/nnaQXUeKCZ
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  • Did you know that globally, there are 122 women aged 25 to 34 living in extreme poverty for every 100 men of the sa… https://t.co/1yHSCRohti
  • This report reinforces why community involvement is critical to the COVID-19 response and describes activities wher… https://t.co/pJqYQhgA57
  • Another way access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy is changing the lives of many in India.… https://t.co/mUeVGDBRCA
  • Earlier this week we announced we're set to reach 53,000 households over the next four years through results-based… https://t.co/2fz4FSOXBj
  • Wonderful results by our friends @Geres_en 🙌🙌🙌 https://t.co/9Am8vggMrn
  • Big news from Pollinate Group: winning a globally competitive tender process with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency… https://t.co/IXwNupwTWA
  • 3 billion people still rely on traditional cookstoves that use solid fuels such as wood or coal.… https://t.co/sS0PLERXnw
  • At Pollinate Group we're accelerating our cashless transactions project to better support women entrepreneurs and t… https://t.co/uZpIltY095
  • Numerous articles review individual options for PV recycling but, until now, no one has done a global assessment of… https://t.co/VkbBMN0yjl
  • We're so proud of our partnership with @Solar_Quotes! In just 1 year they've provided an incredible $64,655 to supp… https://t.co/4vnl8UVjfL
  • Seeking a dynamic and result oriented Head of Sales and Field Enablement to join our team in Bangalore. To apply vi… https://t.co/33i2x5t9lO
  • This report concludes that global clean energy access has improved, however regional disparities persist, and the r… https://t.co/vpJfuAitnW
  • A letter from our CEO Sujatha Ramani featured in On Guard, a weekly newsletter monitoring the human rights dimensio… https://t.co/UkUjjnDSAE
  • RT @HumanRightsUNSW: COVID-19 is worsening inequality and energy access issues in India and Nepal. In this week's #OnGuard newsletter, Suj…
  • ICYMI: Results and progress in our 100 day COVID-19 response, all aligned with our vision to equip women to lead th… https://t.co/UYF91832ze