Innovation That Makes a Difference

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Sep 27, 2008

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Flag of India  , Tamil Nadu,
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

My first visit in India was to  Mr, P. Mukundan Managing Director of Servalis who among other things makes a burner for a kerosene stove that reduces the consumption of kerosene by 30%.

Mr. Mukundan is a great networker, promoter, marketeer and visionary who in the latter part of his life has focused what he does to helping the poor.

He finds creative solutions to existing challenges of the poor and finds resources (people and organizations) that have the expertise and joins with them to create a solution.

He is developing a stove that will use alternative renewable fuels (vegetable oil)  in conjunction with kerosene.

He is developing a microfranchising program in which he would sell these stoves which burn alternative fuels and use their energy reducing burners - as well as provide the equipment, know how, training, and sourcing information to manufacture the alternative fuel.  The microfranchise would become an energy entrepreneurs.

He is wanting to work with MFI's that could help promote and distribute the energy saving burners to a much greater segment of the poor population.  Today I talked with my new friend Vikash of Grameen Koota in Bangalore and Vikash is interested in its possibilities for Grameen Koota and the people they serve.  I will also be  seeing  what I can do to help connect Mr. Mukundan to Grameen people in Bangladesh during my visit there on my way home.

Mr. Mukundan is a very special person who presses on to help make the world a better place - despite having significant health challenges which make it more difficult to accomplish his wonderful plans.  He is very respected and received many awards for his work and has developed a network of funders who want to actively financially support what he is doing.
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