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Dagoretti project turns filth into green hub

Dagoretti project turns filth into green hub

curated 12 January 2017 By Milliam Murigi The stench of blood, animal dung mixed with human waste hung in the air like an ominous cloud at the famous Dagoretti Market. The waste, made up of water, animal blood and cow dung usually made its way to people’s farms, sloshing the soils and turning farms into dumps. - Read the story of 2016 SEED Winner Dagoretti Market Latrine on People Daily. Read the full article
Facilitating transformation

Facilitating transformation

guest 22 December 2016 By Noah Wandera & Eva Befeldt “For every challenge society encounters, there is always an opportunity that presents itself. But we waste a lot of time crying over the challenge and we miss the opportunity.” This statement means a lot to Otim George William, CEO and Co-Founder of Tii Kikomi Cassava Commercial Growers (TCCG), a social enterprise that attracts charcoal burners to cassava production and trains farmers in entrepreneuership, gender equality, making of organic manures and provides... Read the full article
Driving conservation through sustainable tourism enterprises
By ordercrazy (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Driving conservation through sustainable tourism enterprises

guest 15 December 2016 By Mariska van Gaalen Along the coast of Kenya, just north of Mombasa, the Watamu National Marine Park and Reserves grace the coastline. The oldest in East Africa, this marine protected area has given birth to a small but well-established local tourism industry. In recent years however, Watamu has struggled with increased solid waste pollution. Plastics and other waste pile up, harming marine biodiversity and spoiling the beauty of the beaches, thereby damaging the tourism product. In... Read the full article
Turning challenges in impact investing into prototype innovations

Turning challenges in impact investing into prototype innovations

seed 05 December 2016 By Rainer Agster & Kay Eunkyung Kang Kenya, where our first Impact Financing Lab took place, is one of the global centres of impact investing! But even there, many challenges for deal flow exist… In order to identify the key challenges in impact investing in the context of East Africa by stakeholders in this field, we launched our first Impact Financing Lab at the 2016 SEED Africa Symposium in Nairobi. In collaboration with our session partners Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), Inclusive... Read the full article
Hortinet: creating a fair and transparent horticulture market in Malawi
Hortinet, 2015 SEED Award Winner

Hortinet: creating a fair and transparent horticulture market in Malawi

curated 24 November 2016 By Practitioner Hub "The high and alarming poverty levels of the rural people in Malawi coupled with great opportunity that exists to commercialise the horticulture sector influenced Hortinet to start a social enterprise." The Practitioner Hub spoke with the 2015 SEED Winner Hortinet on their business reaching scale at the SEED Africa Symposium 2016. Read the full article
Spurring the replication of eco-inclusive enterprises – towards a collaborative integrative support approach

Spurring the replication of eco-inclusive enterprises – towards a collaborative integrative support approach

seed 16 November 2016 By Mirko Zürker & Lina Frank At the 2016 SEED Africa Symposium in Nairobi Ligia Noronha, Director of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, underlined that “Replication is a key theme to foster green growth and sustainable development”. But replication demands targeted support at every stage, which calls for collaboration between diverse support providers and a strong ecosystem. Replication as a key path to leverage impact… SEED Award Winner Karibu Solar Power makes energy... Read the full article
Why All Women Recycling considers replication as a new pathway to scale impact

Why All Women Recycling considers replication as a new pathway to scale impact

guest 10 November 2016 By Lynn Worsley “ Be creative, be unafraid, and take that step off the mountain. I assure you it’s worth it. ” This advice from Lynn Worsley, the founder of the successful eco-inclusive enterprise and 2014 SEED South Africa Award Winner All Women Recycling , encourages women who are considering founding their own social enterprise to go for it. In South Africa it is estimated that 3.7 million black women are unemployed, mainly due to the fact that they have had no access to... Read the full article
Kenyan entrepreneur sets off on long and plastic road
Green Road Ltd., 2016 SAG-SEED Award Winner

Kenyan entrepreneur sets off on long and plastic road

curated 02 November 2016 By UNEP At the end of her story, one gets that sense that Jackline Lang’at’s social enterprise, making road material and paving blocks while solving the waste plastic problem, is on the verge of taking off— all it needs is opportunity. Read the full article
Scaling Innovation at the Energy-Agriculture Nexus in East Africa
Solar panels on a farm, Mali © Curt Carnemark / World Bank

Scaling Innovation at the Energy-Agriculture Nexus in East Africa

guest 27 October 2016 By Christian Pirzer & Christine Meyer “ The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must, too. ” With this year’s theme of the World Food Day on October 16 th , the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) chose a strong message that tackles key issues of our modern global society. Indeed, climate, energy and agriculture are all interconnected. We recently hit on this topic through the launch of our newest SAG-SEED Sectoral Business Condition Brief on the Energy-Agriculture Nexus in East Africa and... Read the full article
Ugandan farmer hogs glory in grassroots award
YICE Uganda, 2016 SAG-SEED Award Winner

Ugandan farmer hogs glory in grassroots award

curated 20 October 2016 By UNEP YICEUganda (Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment Uganda) is the result of a lifetime of his dogged persistence and ingenuity. It has raised the incomes of 630 smallholder farmers by 20 per cent and boosted their food production by about 100 per cent since Ssempijja founded it in 2011. Read the full article
5 key success factors for successful replication of eco-inclusive business models

5 key success factors for successful replication of eco-inclusive business models

seed 14 October 2016 By Christine Meyer “There is no problem in Africa that nobody has thought about. Use those ideas!” said Ndubuisi Ekekwe from the African Institute of Technology two weeks ago at the SEED Africa Symposium in Nairobi. And, Jukka Uosukainen from the Climate Technology Centre and Network added: “ Take the best innovations of the world and copy them. Let's start copying. I love it!” The topic of replication is no brand-new approach. But, the potential of replication of proven business... Read the full article
The Lost Crop: 2016 SEED Award Winner Transforming Rural Women’s Lives
Unique Quality Product Enterprise, 2016 SAG-SEED Award Winner

The Lost Crop: 2016 SEED Award Winner Transforming Rural Women’s Lives

curated 04 October 2016 By UNEP When asked why she does what she does—working with women from poor rural backgrounds to grow and sell a little-known West African cereal crop—Salma Abdulai begins to tear up and pauses to dab at her eyes. “The women come up to me and say they can now afford to pay their children’s school fees,” the petite lady says, hiding her tissue in the sleeve of her bright yellow patterned traditional Ghanaian dress. “There are many more stories, but those are the best.” Read the full article
Training Business Development Service Providers to Boost Eco-Inclusive Innovations

Training Business Development Service Providers to Boost Eco-Inclusive Innovations

seed 14 September 2016 By Rainer Agster Ten years ago, David founded the enterprise ‘Esam’s Best Chicken’ to reduce his country’s dependence on chicken imports and to provide a reliable source of income to smallholder farmers. Today, he and his team run a successful enterprise with a network of 210 smallholder farmers. Now they would like to widen their business model: contract new committed producers particularly from the base of the pyramid, add organic eggs to the product portfolio, and improve upon... Read the full article
Replicating successful business models - Moving from lighthouses to a network of street lamps

Replicating successful business models - Moving from lighthouses to a network of street lamps

seed 05 September 2016 By Christine Meyer Imagine. There are a few big lighthouses scattered over a vast piece of land. Light from the lighthouse circles around, shining brightly, but only upon selected sections of the land; thus, light is only available to a selected number of people. Now, picture the same vast piece of land but with many street lamps scattered around. Instead of light reaching only a few selected spots, much of the land is illuminated by the numerous street lamps. Though each individual... Read the full article
The sustainable, scalable solution to dirty kerosene

The sustainable, scalable solution to dirty kerosene

curated 31 August 2016 By Sameer Hajee Nuru Energy began seven years ago with a simple notion: to build a sustainable, scalable solution to displace the dirty kerosene that, it is said, 1.6 billion people worldwide burn to generate light. Study after study found that the world’s poorest spent upwards of 25 per cent of their income on kerosene, at a cost of $17 billion per year in Africa alone. Many of these studies also clearly outlined the difficulties inherent in changing this practice. A 1991 study... Read the full article
East Africa Fruit Farm and Company: an outstanding enterprise, not just according to President Obama
President Obama at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 (GES Photo/Flickr Public Domain)

East Africa Fruit Farm and Company: an outstanding enterprise, not just according to President Obama

seed 19 August 2016 By Magdalena Kloibhofer East Africa Fruit Farm and Company: an outstanding enterprise, not just according to President Obama “[Entrepreneurship] puts rising economies on the path to prosperity and empowers people to come together and tackle our most pressing global problems, from climate change to poverty. When people can start their own businesses, it helps individuals and families succeed. It can make whole communities more prosperous and more secure.... As I travel around the world,... Read the full article
From workshop to market in seven weeks

From workshop to market in seven weeks

seed 22 July 2016 The first steps as a startup are the hardest, especially for eco-inclusive startups in emerging markets. It all comes down to the right spirit and lion-hearted attitude. Keep reading if you want to find out what “feedback is the breakfast of champions” means and why the teams of the SWITCH Africa Green - SEED Starter Months are “chewing bones instead of drinking milk.” The following steps will give you a brief overview of what awaits the participants from a... Read the full article
The deliberation: How impact investors evaluate what venture to fund
Picture: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

The deliberation: How impact investors evaluate what venture to fund

curated 06 July 2016 By Naki B. Mendoza The pitch has been crafted, the speech has been rehearsed and the entrepreneur takes to the stage to prove why their business is the next breakthrough enterprise. Seated opposite them is a row of inquisitive investors ready to evaluate why their capital should fund the proposed venture. Read the full article
Agriculture: Re-thinking an old industry
Farm using Terra Nova's organic compost

Agriculture: Re-thinking an old industry

seed 16 June 2016 By Carolin Ehrensperger Agriculture still plays an essential role in the economy, and particular for employment on the African continent. Mozambique is no exception. In 2011, the agricultural sector contributed to almost one third of the country’s GDP and provided a living for 80% of the working population. Nevertheless, the majority of the rural population faces extreme poverty and malnutrition, and Mozambique has to import large parts of its food. 95% of the country’s farms are managed... Read the full article
A perspective from India
photo credit : ONergy, 2014 SEED Award Winner

A perspective from India

seed 10 May 2016 By Allison Robertshaw For those of you who are regular readers of the SEED blog, you may remember a post from a few months ago when SEED was in Mexico as part of our work in exploring the needs of the green SME space in different geographical locales. This past month, it was India’s turn, as SEED hosted an event around investment in the low-carbon, green SME sector. Whilst it’s fair to say that every region and country has its own challenges, it remains surprising how similar the... Read the full article
Women-to-women energy networks: essential piece of the puzzle for SE4All
Photocredit: Solar Sister, 2011 SEED Award Winner

Women-to-women energy networks: essential piece of the puzzle for SE4All

seed 04 May 2016 By Amélie Heuër Over the last three days I’ve had the pleasure of attending the 2016 International Tech4Dev Conference , which focussed on innovation to achieve social impact. I was struck by the diverse backgrounds of the attendees and I witnessed some truly inspiring technological innovation to address a wide range of development issues, from climate change adaptation to humanitarian relief or medical innovation. A key question that emerged both throughout the panel and... Read the full article
Unlocking capital, boosting support – building the ecosystem for eco-entrepreneurship in South Africa

Unlocking capital, boosting support – building the ecosystem for eco-entrepreneurship in South Africa

seed 14 April 2016 By Marion Müller vom Berge This year’s South Africa Symposium brought together more than 200 entrepreneurs, practitioners, investors and policy makers to discuss how to grow and support social and eco-enterprises in South Africa. The event focused on two key challenges facing SMEs in South Africa: how to unlock investment capital for SMEs in terms of financial support products, and how to, in parallel, foster skills and knowledge through affordable, effective business development support... Read the full article
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