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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Enterprise Brief: PROVOKAME

Published: 30 August 2013
PROVOKAME produces innovative 100 % biodegradable plates made from natural fibres and recycled paper, which are also implanted with seeds. The enterprise trains and employs local women from rural areas in the plate production process. The plates are distributed via supermarket chains and organic shops. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Gogle Energy Saving Stoves and Engineering

Published: 30 August 2013
Gogle Energy Saving Stoves produces improved cookstoves and briquettes in Ethiopia. It works in partnership with international agencies and state institutions, helping to reduce deforestation and contributing to the shift towards clean energy while providing income for local communities. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Sustaintech

Published: 30 August 2013
Sustaintech distributes fuel-efficient, smokeless cookstoves to vendors of street food and to small commercial kitchens. Customers benefit from significant cost savings for firewood and improved health. At the same time, the environment benefits from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and less deforestation. Read more
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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: Waste Enterprisers

Published: 30 August 2011
Waste Enterprisers makes cities and economies greener. The initiative’s waste-based businesses create a demand for human waste that unlocks profitable alternatives to haphazard dumping. Profits are reinvested back into the sanitation sector to extend services to poor communities. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Why Honey

Published: 30 August 2011
Why Honey?, established in 2008, identifies and trains local community members as beekeepers, supplies them with the necessary equipment and secures suitable land for their work. A potential market for fair trade honey has been identified; the initiative helps to ensure a sustainable and reliable supply of the product. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: ISOMET Sarl

Published: 30 August 2011
The “Hybrid Solar Oven” is a large capacity hybrid oven that uses solar and gas-fired power. This saves valuable wood resources and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases. The aim is to create income for the rural population by promoting the benefits of switching from wood to solar power for baking and roasting. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Women Environment Preservation Committee (WEPCO)

Published: 30 August 2011
The initiative seeks to enhance environmental conservation while generating income from recycled household waste, mainly in Kathmandu Valley. Women are provided with business and waste management training and access to micro-credit loans, and are encouraged to form conservation groups across the country. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: AGRIPO

Published: 30 August 2011
Tayab Eco-Orchards (TEO) improves the living conditions of the rural population in Tayab through the promotion of organic agriculture and eco-tourism. The initiative contributes to the fight against deforestation and land degradation whilst creating new income generating activities. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Thrive

Published: 30 August 2011
Thrive combines business principles with community engagement, unlocking synergies between symbiotic enterprises within Hout Bay to address issues in water, energy, biodiversity, local food, and waste with proven, replicable, triple bottom line solutions. The initiative creates jobs and income for local residents and generates social and environmental benefits for the broader community. Read more
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