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“I Love epNetwork’s Spirit of a Positive Stubbornness to Realize Ideas”

Gregor Schäpers is a long-term member of empowering people. Network (epNetwork) and was among the winners of the empowering people. Award (epAward) in 2013. He founded his business, Trinysol, in 2006 and grew it out of nothing by combining proven solar technology called Scheffler reflectors (1) with a fresh entrepreneurial approach. In the last 2 […]

Building a Social Enterprise From the Ground Up – the Story of Imara Tech

In Tanzania, small-hold farmers face a lot of risks. They are disproportionately affected by poverty, severely impacted by climate change, and always the last to benefit from new technology. But, that paradigm is shifting. Farming communities are gaining access to threshing tools and machinery that can help them become more self-reliant with higher yields in […]

How Peer Coaching Can Help Shape Sustainable Social Enterprises

This year, Siemens Stiftung’s empowering people. Network (epNetwork) facilitated its annual workshop from July 9th – 12th in Cairo together with 35 social entrepreneurs from various countries in the world. Most of them have been part of epNetwork for many years, with around ten of them joining for the first time as finalists for the […]

Local Social Enterprises Key to Bridge Development Gaps in Africa

Growing up in Burundi, Henri Nyakarundi had a dream… run as far as he could from what his young mind thought were dearth of opportunities. So, right after his high school he made way to the United States and pursued his higher education in Computer Science. He tried his hand at multiples work stints, including […]

Collaborating in a Sea of Unknowns

I’ve been recently contemplating on the idea of collaboration in the social business space. The problem is that traditional business culture does not advocate associations and sharing of knowledge. It’s every man for himself and one’s business IP is tightly guarded. If someone with ill intent gets hold of your data, they can undercut your […]

Evaporative Cooling Can Combat Food Loss

Food insecurity remains one of the most burning development challenges, as Food and Agriculture Organization notes – roughly one-third of the food produced globally gets lost or wasted every year. Whilst in the developed world it is mostly a waste journey from refrigerators to landfills, for millions in the developing regions, it is lost in […]

Catch the Most Comprehensive Conversations on Off-Grid Power

Over a billion people mostly spread in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are still waiting for electricity according to recent World Bank estimates. Naturally, this creates a vicious cycle impacting ensuing development indicators like poverty alleviation, food security, health and education. Globally development agencies are warming up to the emergent implications of simple and low […]

Thank you, 2018 – Welcome, 2019!

Last year, there were many activities in empowering people. Network (epNetwork): The empowering people. Onsites (epOnsites) in Mumbai, India, and in Johannesburg, South Africa, workshops on storytelling in Kenya and Uganda, empowering people. Expert (epExpert) missions in Peru, Colombia and India, group coachings in Uganda, and individual coachings around the world. These are more than […]

Rugged – tech Farming and Ferrying Success

At a time when climate change, growing population and changing consumption patterns have mounted pressures like never before to revolutionize the oldest human industry – agriculture, agri-tech companies are vying to take ‘smart farms’ to the next level. While high-tech unmanned drones, AgBots and the Internet of Things are taking over farms, developing regions still […]

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 […]