It’s reward enough improving the lives of thousands Indians living in slum communities, but Pollinate Energy is also proud to be acknowledged with this year’s Ethical Enterprise Award from Moral Fairground.

The award, which comes with $10,000 prize money, recognises enterprises for innovative and ethical practices that deliver positive social and economic impacts.

In just four years, Pollinate Energy has touched the lives of around 78,000 people in India, with its affordable, sustainable solutions, including solar lamps. The lights not only bring light to communities without electricity, they also reduce the reliance on dangerous and toxic kerosene.

National Manager, Anna McGregor, delivered the keynote speech for the Awards Evening and was also able to share our latest Impact Assessment Report.

Anna shared that while the Australian Social Enterprise industry was in its infancy in comparison to the US and UK, there is exciting growth in the sector. She suggested that one of the key things Australia can do to become globally recognised for our success and strength in transforming communities, is support each other to scale.

In congratulating Pollinate Energy on the achievement, the Director of Moral Fairground, Susanna Bevilacqua says: “…what you have been able to achieve in a short period of time and the people you have inspired through your journey has been exemplary.

The prize money, donated by Australian Ethical, will help Pollinate reach the goal of reaching more needy families in other cities that much sooner.

Pollinate Energy congratulates the second and third prize winners and the other six finalists.

The second and third prize winners were: Tjanpi Desert Weavers, an Indigenous social enterprise created by members of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council to enable women on the lands to earn a regular income from selling their fibre art ($7,500) and ASRC Catering, a not-for-profit social enterprise of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre that helps provide social and economic empowerment for people seeking asylum (mentoring and complimentary business consultation valued at $15,000).

We don’t mean to brag, but we’ve also just been shortlisted for the 2016 Energy Globe World Award. We’d love to add it to our growing collection, including the UN Momentum for change.