To respond to the challenge of lack of energy, Solar 4 Resilience (S4R) gives vulnerable women micro-entrepreneurs access to low-interest loans enabling them to purchase patented solar-drying technology that dries perishable food that would otherwise be thrown away. The technology and business model were developed by the private company Science 4 Society (S4S) Technologies.
S4R aims to scale the use of solar-based technologies for building resilience and livelihoods of smallholder women farmers in India through training the women in finance, quality assurance and facilitating access to markets for processed food.
By 2022, about 300,000 people in India earned US$ 12 million of extra income, thanks to the women micro-entrepreneurs who processed 60,000 tons of food for over 1,400 institutional customers. In turn, each woman micro-entrepreneur created new recurring income for up to US$ 1,200 per year.