Energy Solutions

Listen to Your End Users for Affordable and Viable Impact

When do the most innovative ideas hit us? Isaac Newton discovered the Theory of Gravity when an apple fell on his head. Three centuries later, Albert Einstein formulated the Theory of Relativity after he fell off a chair. For problem-solvers, creativity and innovation flow comes to them at some of the most unsuspecting moments in life. Young […]

Accelerating Energy Access: The Role of Patient Capital

Acumen Fund’s vision is to change the way the world tackles poverty. Their approach to investing is focused on patient capital, early-stage investments, access to expertise, and post-investment support. With global offices in Ghana, Colombia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, India, Kenya, and the Unites States, Acumen works on building innovative ways to bring energy access […]

Preparando una taza sostenible con Café Compadre

Hay motivos para que Cristóbal Olórtegui, un caficultor de la comunidad Sauriaki en Perú, sonría al recoger los frutos de su cosecha, limpiándose el bigote de espuma de café al tomar un sorbo. Durante 43 años ha estado vendiendo granos de café crudo por 2,50 dólares por kilogramo (kg), pero ahora gana 4,3 dólares por […]

Brewing a Sustainable Cuppa with Café Compadre

There’s a reason for Cristobal Olórtegui a coffee farmer from the Sauriaki community in Peru to smile as he reaps the fruits of his labour – wiping the coffee foam moustache as he takes a sip. For 43 years he has been selling raw coffee beans for US $ 2.50 per/ kilogram (kg) but now […]

Hardware isn’t hard, is it?

Being self-employed is not always easy – certainly not as a social entrepreneur. Evaptainer is a empowering people. Network member who has only recently experienced at first-hand how quickly the tide can turn. In our blog Quang D. Truong, co-founder of Evaptainer, tells us their story.

enpact startup camp 2017: epNetwork members tell their stories

Two epNetwork members,  Dr. Omotayo Dairo (Quintas Renewable Energy Solutions Ltd) and Akah Harvey (Traveler) are Fellows in this year’s Startup Mentoring West Africa + Europe programme by enpact.

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 Ezystove

Making Life Ezyer

Right this minute a woman somewhere in rural sub-Saharan Africa is on a long trek. Not because she’s part of a nomadic tribe or visiting a neighbouring village but because she has to do something that many of us with modern conveniences take for granted – cook for her family. She starts her journey early, […]