Toolification: My personal journey in shaping the way we do business support at SEED

My journey with SEED and providing one-on-one business support for eco-inclusive enterprises started in 2009. I worked with enterprises from Kenya and Ghana on their business plans, which at the time seemed to be already quite advanced. Given the maturity of their business plans, I assumed that the people behind those enterprises had a clear idea […]

Interview: How we learned to speak “social finance”

How does a social enterprise embark on the trip to raise growth capital? How do you effectively communicate with potential impact investors? What are the main challenges on your track to success? Felix Benjamin Schäfer of Bürgerwerke eG – a German cooperative for independent, regional providers of renewable energy – has mastered this thrilling journey. […]

Evaptainers: Making a “breakfast routine” possible for everyone

Let’s start with breakfast: I walk into the kitchen, flip on the lights, turn on the stove to boil water and open the refrigerator. In developing areas these simple actions are not so simple. Globally, 1.2 bn people have no access to any electricity and even more lack reliable electricity.  Without electricity there are no […]

Bienvenidos al Peru!

Bianca Finkel is starting her traineeship with Sympra and in collaboration with the empowering people Network she is doing so as epExpert more than 10,000 km away from home – in the Peruvian capital, Lima. She is not only gaining additional overseas experience, but also assisting the empowering people. Network member Café Compadre with communication. At […]

The forge of ingenuity: social entrepreneurs innovate through challenges

Social entrepreneurship – After more than fifty years it is still hindered by the perception that all social good should be funded by donations and charity. Yet social entrepreneurs are potentially the richest source of new business principles, argues Hlamalani Ngwenya, who recently co-facilitated an epOnsite training session in Johannesburg, South Africa.

empowering people Expert primes the pump

Brian Finnerty, empowering people. Expert, spent four months with the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation (AIDFI) in the Philippines, where he volunteered his skills to develop an IT-based administration system.

A bracelet to save babies in India

“Deutsche Welle” (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, has featured the winner of our frist prize Bempu Health (empowering people. Award 2016).

Solar Kiosk in Rwanda

Featured on DW Global 3000: The African-based Company ARED builds small mobile kiosks in Rwanda that produce solar power on the go.

Drought in East Africa – and how Siemens Stiftung can help

Rain hasn’t fallen for months in East Africa, causing a dire living situation for locals. To offset some of the potentially catastrophic effects, Siemens Stiftung works with communities on the establishment of safe water kiosks in Kenya and Uganda. Caroline Weimann, project manager at the foundation, has just been onsite and reports how this technical […]

The Fabulous Fish Farm – a project by Alan Fleming

A fish farm in a container set to transform South Africa’s aquaculture industry? Sounds crazy. But there is one in a township doing just this. And it can be run on solar energy. This is Alan Fleming’s vision and what he’s been working on for the last five years – step by step. Townships are […]