Top 5 social business stories in 2014 on The Alternative

A round up of the top 5 most popular Social Business stories on The Alternative in 2014.

2014 was a year where we covered a lot of action on the business of impact – from young startups that are combining money and meaning to grassroot fellows and their experiences to key insights from the biggest social impact conferences in India and South Asia. Here’s a round up of the top 5 most popular Social Business stories on The Alternative in 2014:

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1. 10 toilet designs that can actually work in rural India

One of the critical aspects of rural sanitation is to build loos that take into account climate, water, space and most importantly, culture.

2. From Ficus To Filter: Why Indian coffee is sustainable by design

We are the only country in the world where 100% of our coffee is grown under the shade of forest trees. Yet, so much of Indian coffee changing now.

3. Prof. Anil Gupta: ‘Grassroot Innovation is alive and well in India, we just have to look for it’

Prof. Anil Gupta of the National Innovation Council, talks about the quest for innovations ‘from’ the grassroots that can improve millions of lives.

4. How Operation ASHA is tackling TB worldwide at 1/19th the cost

Dr. Shelly Batra talks about how the Operation ASHA model is rapidly scaling through fighting the disease inside out.

5. The Good Company: Lechal and Paaduks – 2 Indian shoe brands that are creating sole revolution

We all have our shopping weaknesses, and for many it’s footwear. Lechal and Paaduks are turning our shoe desires into a sustainable strong point.

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