Mlinda Charitable Trust (MCT)  is a not for profit entity, registered in India in the State of West Bengal as a Public Charitable Trust. To further our objectives of improving the lives of people of India through the provision of clean energy, the Trustees have chosen to enter into a relationship with the Mlinda Group, led by Mlinda Foundation CIO, a UK registered charity.

Mlinda Foundation’s website can be found here.

Since 2014, Mlinda Charitable Trust has been integral to Mlinda’s rural electrification project, delivered first in the Sunderbans and, currently, in Gumla district, Jharkhand. We support communities to build financially and environmentally sustainable businesses and livelihoods using solar renewable energy. This is done by building up the local economic infrastructure to support the growth of these businesses and performing research and development on innovative ways to do this.

Over the next 3 – 5 years, we aim to play a central role in the Mlinda Group, creating and implementing a vision of sustainable economic development, using renewable energy as a catalyst for that growth which can be replicated, at scale, by many other organisations across the world.

Recent activities

Agreement signed with NABARD on 25th January 2023 for Livelihood Enterprise Development Programme (LEDP) on Value addition of Turmeric and Sal Leaf Plate Making using clean energy for 90 members of Self Help Group (SHG) and implementation is going on.
Agreement signed with “Rang De” – Peer to Peer online lending platform on 28th June 2023 to provide financial assistance to the entrepreneurs of the MLINDA’s project villages to establish micro and small enterprises based on clean energy.


Training programme for the women members of the SHGs for Sal Leaf Plate Making in Brinda village of Gumla.

Members of “Madua Sahiya” (Friends of Millet) selling the home-made Millet delicacies in local fair.

Members of SHGs from Chundri village with the certificate after completion of 10 days training on value addition of turmeric.


The challenge that Mlinda addresses – ensuring environmentally sustainable development – must take place on a global scale, far beyond the capacity of a single charity. We see our role as a catalyst for change – researching, piloting, and proving effective models that can be replicated at scale by others around the world. We welcome collaboration with like minded partners to further this work and are happy to accept contributions, financial or otherwise to further our work. Please get in touch with us and spread the word to your networks.