Indian Grameen Services (IGS) achieves its mission of, 'incubating innovations for pro-poor sustainable livelihoods', based on 'Contingency approach to livelihood promotion'. The model seeks to identify the bottleneck - resource or factor most deficient in a system at any point of time, and develop solutions to resolve that bottleneck by developing innovative products for the underserved using mainstream commercial paradigms. Since it is difficult for any one organization to build competencies to address all factors in-house, a collaborative approach (represented as a 'Collaborative Polygon') of forging partnerships with players having domain expertise is integral to the approach. IGS builds institutions to host the successful innovations.
During 2005, IGS received Livelihood Triad Fund from Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation, for developing standardized models and good practices around offering integrated livelihood promotion services which had the potential to bring about multifold growth in geographic and sectoral coverage.
Some of the innovations which the Livelihood Triad Fund incubated are: