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.

  • Pollinate Group wishes you a very merry Christmas on behalf of our entire team in India, Australia and Nepal. We ho… https://t.co/rnkvEp9zOT
  • With 2020 coming to an end, our women entrepreneurs are hopeful that access to digital technology will help them co… https://t.co/zLCuDTUTNJ
  • This video features the last group of Fellows that we were able to host in Bangalore, right before COVID-19 hit Ind… https://t.co/uxeN0oTKOX
  • Ever wondered how social enterprises like Pollinate Group are engaging with the SDG's? Our Digital Fellowship Prog… https://t.co/mkpZnAY9St
  • Can you imagine running a business without a basic smartphone? We can't. Pollinate is providing our women entrepr… https://t.co/Ul8kqWOfDO
  • In 2003, Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus said that the quickest way to get out of poverty right now is to have… https://t.co/2ReQ3pupcP
  • Fellowships are back in 2021! After a COVID enforced hiatus, Our first program in 12 months will take place online… https://t.co/Xg78yQ0W4C
  • "Entrepreneurial women are deserving and in need of all of the support we can give" - Sujatha Ramani, Pollinate Gro… https://t.co/pr1zNejwl8
  • Like so many organisations, Pollinate Group has had to make big changes this year to support our entrepreneurs and… https://t.co/dsYWfKx1sv
  • A smartphone is a basic business tool. For Pollinate's #entrepreneurs, accessing a smartphone is difficult due to f… https://t.co/erK6YM7DMC
  • 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/ocS70knFjC
  • In 2021, our goal is to bridge the digital divide that our entrepreneurs face, through building their digital liter… https://t.co/KF2fq7gODd
  • Her father's biggest concern was what people would say about his daughter. He feared that people would question his… https://t.co/KcV1XILJaY
  • "Three-quarters of new jobs taken up by women between 2008 and 2018 were in nonwage self-employment or unpaid famil… https://t.co/5OpurXCnPP
  • "I visited Suryamukhi Lakshmi today she was very happy to see me after 6 months. Last week she sold 5 lights and sh… https://t.co/CVkNWvvh8h
  • This time last year we applied for a @MoralFairground Ethical Enterprise Award. As 2019 winners, part of our prize… https://t.co/ox41G5TwoP
  • Salma Bibi recently sold 2 mixer grinders. At times she has been demotivated because customers are less responsive… https://t.co/sm5PcAGjI7
  • Great work by Pankaj from our team in India - working with one of our entrepreneurs to organize the first direct pa… https://t.co/i0xTtQ7D74
  • "Discriminatory social norms are likely to increase the unpaid work load of COVID-19 on girls and adolescent girls,… https://t.co/tOr7Btfakq
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