Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: M.P. Prabhakar, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Society for Rural Improvement (SRI), has been selected for the International Achievers’ Award for social service.

The award is given jointly by Indian Achievers Forum, New Delhi and India-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok. The award will be presented at a function in Bangkok by Indian Ambassador Latha Reddy on October 31 at the 21st International Achievers Summit Award, convocation and business meet, Dr. Prabhakar said. After more than two decades of academic service in the US, Dr. Prabhakar returned to Kollengode and launched schemes for alleviation of poverty among the rural poor through SRI. Muhammed Yunus, pioneer of Grameen Banking system and micro-credit in Bangladesh, was his colleague.

SRI is now serving more than 50,000 poor rural women in eight districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu with 13 branches and a staff of 200. It is in the process of building economic assets along with social assets for the poor rural women, a press release said.