Overview of SKDRDP’s award winning energy loans program

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SKDRDP recently won the Ashden–2012 Gold Award for Microfinance in London. Given below is a video of the project and organisation.


Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) in South India is a prime example of the vital role a well-run microfinance organisation can play in meeting the poor’s energy needs.

The Karnataka-based NGO provides affordable loans to families in the area, helping them buy renewable energy systems that improve their quality of life. Key to the success of this highly replicable programme, which has so far provided nearly 20,000 energy loans are self-help groups that help people make informed choices on what energy products they buy.

Overview of SKDRDP’s award winning energy loans program

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