Portfolio Learning

Lessons Learnt from Implementing Women-Centered Initiatives in India

In 2018 the POWERED (Promotion of Women in Energy Related Enterprises for Development) programme was launched by FCDO India and SF to increase gender inclusion across the energy value chain, which is vital if the UN SDG7 is to be met.

S4S Technologies was one of the first businesses supported through the POWERED programme, established to create a scalable model which could create sustainable livelihood opportunities for women farmers.

S4S Technologies is a food tech company that uses solar dehydration technology to produce dehydrated vegetables which it then sells on to a range of B2B and B2C consumers.  Currently, S4S works with over 2,700 women farmers who, through using S4S technology can increase their income, reduce farm level losses and create value-added products.

A report has now been produce detailing the key achievements that S4S has accomplished through the POWERED programme since 2018, as well as key learnings and challenges that it – and the market –  continue to face as it looks to further integrate and support gender specific interventions.

The report features case studies of female micro-entrepreneurs who have benefitted through the POWERED programme and the impact that it has on their lives, as well as further areas where support can be provided.

Download the report (1MB)