Enterprise Brief: Au Grain de Sésame

Published: 30 August 2013
Au Grain de Sésame, a locally based enterprise, runs environmental arts and crafts workshops training women in vulnerable situations. The approach uses a new design concept based on an innovative technique for recycling paper. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: moWoza

Published: 30 August 2013
moWoza is a mobile marketplace that allows informal cross-border traders and SMEs to access price information, order and pre-pay for inventory, receive delivery status notifications and access credit using their mobile phones. By empowering women, it improves their livelihoods and bolsters their business activities. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Life Out Of Plastic - L.O.O.P.

Published: 30 August 2013
Life Out Of Plastic – L.O.O.P. is a 100 % women-owned organisation that raises awareness about plastic pollution. It finances awareness campaigns on the value of marine ecosystems to communities through the sale of up-cycled plastic products and environmental educational services for the private sector. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Duncan Village Secondary Recycling Cooperative

Published: 30 August 2013
The enterprise collects organic waste from low-income households and processes it into compost, which in turn provides valuable nutrients for their urban food production. By combining composting and sustainable food production the cooperative helps improve community waste management. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Khulumani Gogos Going Green

Published: 30 August 2013
Khulumani Gogos Going Green supplies solar home systems that meet the lighting needs of rural off-grid households. It is run by elderly Khulumani women (“Gogos”) and is financed by loans from a savings and credit group. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Muthi Futhi

Published: 30 August 2013
Muthi Futhi is a community enterprise that cultivates and processes indigenous medicinal plants for sale as primary raw materials and in the form of finished herbal products. The pioneering business is designed both to protect the endangered biodiversity of KwaZulu-Natal and to create jobs. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: KARIBU Solar Power

Published: 30 August 2013
KARIBU Solar Power aims to launch a new modular solar lamp via a franchising network. Users pay in small increments, which replicate the required cash flow for kerosene. In this way KARIBU makes high-quality solar lighting and mobile phone charging affordable for low-income communities. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Fundación Un Litro de Luz Colombia

Published: 30 August 2013
Litre of Light Colombia produces ecological light bulbs made from PET plastics. Bottles are filled with water and bleach and then installed on the roofs of houses. Each bottle creates the light equivalent of a 60 W light bulb without requiring electricity. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Pollinate Energy

Published: 30 August 2013
Pollinate Energy trains local community members to become micro-entrepreneurs and helps them build clean energy businesses. Entrepreneurs are provided with small-scale solar systems and other clean energy products, which they sell to slum residents who would otherwise rely on kerosene. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Tamul Plates Marketing

Published: 30 August 2013
Tambul Leaf Plates sells biodegradable disposable dinnerware made from the fallen sheath of the areca nut palm. The dinnerware reduces pollution and deforestation while local communities gain a livelihood through its production and sale. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: High Atlas Foundation

Published: 30 August 2013
High Atlas Agriculture (HAA) aims to export organic farming products to generate a revenue stream that assists rural communities throughout the entire agricultural development cycle: nurseries, irrigation, training, organic certification and marketing. It will thus increase household incomes for rural families while preserving natural resources. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: The Dried Fish/Food Company

Published: 30 August 2013
The Dried Fish/Food Company (DFC) manages a value-added fish and food processing facility focused on solar-dried products. In partnership with a women entrepreneurs’ organisation, the enterprise provides day-to-day food for rural and urban communities, proactively managing food security and reducing the economic gender gap. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: 5 Star Stoves

Published: 30 August 2013
5 Star Stoves creates a local bio-energy value chain out of waste biomass. It produces biomass pellets that are then used in updraft gasification stoves for cooking and heating. Stoves are assembled locally and distributed in the community via a franchise model. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Farmer Eco Enterprise Development (FEED Africa)

Published: 30 August 2013
Farmer Eco Enterprise Development (FEED Africa) develops low-carbon eco-farming for emerging organic farmers, empowering them to enter the green economy as entrepreneurs. It offers them support on infrastructure, land development, management, training, mentorship, marketing skills and helps them to access markets. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: MRDP Sunwater

Published: 30 August 2013
MRDP Sunwater aims to supply solar water heating through black PVC pipe systems, allowing communities – and especially women and children – to save time and money. By reducing the need to gather firewood, the enterprise helps communities save trees and manage their natural resources sustainably. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: NABIDI Power

Published: 30 August 2013
NABIDI Power develops and distributes mobile phone and laptop chargers, lamps and radios that use kinetic energy. The first products with casings manufactured from a new bio-polymer made from sugar cane waste, the enterprise’s products help mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more
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Case Study: Nafore and Afrisolar Energy Kiosks

Published: 07 September 2012
The Nafore and AfriSolar Energy Kiosks were created to address rural electrification challenges in Burkina Faso. Read more
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Case Study: Pintadas Solar

Published: 07 September 2012
Pintadas Solar creates sustainable and replicable models geared towards improving livelihoods and climate resilience in areas where agriculture and pasture is the main economic activity. Read more
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Case Study: Oro Verde

Published: 07 September 2012
Oro Verde reverses environmental degradation caused by uncontrolled mining in Colombia’s Chocó Bioregion by developing certified responsible mining practices. Read more
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Case Study: Village Cereal Aggregation Centres

Published: 07 September 2012
This initiative enables farmers to deliver high-quality grain to the market value chain, reduce post-harvest losses, and encourage more participation of youth in cereal production. Read more
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Case Study: Blue Ventures

Published: 07 September 2012
“Madagascar’s first community-run marine protected area” is a partnership between local people, research institutes, NGOs and a commercial fishing company and focuses on marine conservation and sustainable livelihoods along the southwest coast of Madagascar. Read more
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Case Study: Natural Justice

Published: 07 September 2012
Bio-cultural protocols (BCPs) are tools that facilitate culturally-rooted participatory decision-making processes within communities with the aim of asserting their rights to their communally managed lands and knowledge. Read more
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Case Study: Oribags Innovations

Published: 07 September 2012
Oribags Innovations (U) Ltd is a Ugandan private enterprise which makes hand-made paper bags, printing paper and jewellery from agricultural wastes. Read more
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Case Study: SolSource

Published: 07 September 2012
SolSource provides a line of solar concentrators that address three of the four major barriers to solar-powered cooking in rural China. Read more
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Case Study: Rural Enterprise Network

Published: 07 September 2012
The “Rural Enterprise Network” (REN) is a social marketing organisation that aims to link small-scale farmers in Sri Lanka to input-output markets through improved product quality, access to market information and the establishment of a common brand. Read more
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