Modern Energy Business Opportunities for the Base of the Pyramid

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Modern Energy Business Opportunities for the Base of the Pyramid

Time: October 13, 2010 to October 15, 2010
Location: Zanzibar Ocean View Resort
City/Town: Stonetown Zanzibar
Event Type: training, program
Organized By: William Maddocks
Latest Activity: Sep 10, 2010

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As part of the SMDP-Tanzania 2-week program, this 3-day course will explore the economic and business development opportunities that affordable and reliable energy services (e.g. lighting, cooking fuels, water pumping, and mechanical power) offer to organizations who serve low-income people. Using case studies, including Barefoot Power, a global social enterprise selling solar LED lamps and other products, participants will learn how small- to mid-scale sustainable energy companies are organized and financed, and how people can afford better energy products. We will look at how to build partnerships along the supply and distribution chains between microfinance institutions, small-scale entrepreneurs, suppliers, and manufacturers. The second day of the course will take participants out to the field to interview people in villages, and find out how they use energy, what improvements they want and would be willing to pay for, and how they could finance them.
Paul Rippey is a microfinance specialist with twenty years of experience in Africa, with particular skills and experience at the intersection of energy, microfinance, and climate change. He has managed microfinance institutions in Burkina Faso and Guinea (Conakry) and is the co-founder of Association Al Amana in Morocco, which over ten years became the largest MFI in North Africa, with a portfolio of $230,000,000 and 400,000 customers.
Since 2007 he has been active as a consultant working both with financial providers and with clean energy distributors to find synergies that will allow pro-poor finance to help people get more, cleaner, and better energy. He has been working with private sector distributors of solar lamps in Uganda and Mali and has trained savings group promoters in India, Pakistan, and Mozambique.
Paul is the chief consultant to ACCION's Energy Links Project and over the last three years has also worked with the Aga Khan Foundation, the MasterCard Foundation, the Financial Sector Deepening Trust in Kenya, CARE, and Plan International. He is the author of a Focus Note for CGAP on microfinance and climate change as well as a chapter in What's Wrong with Microfinance, edited by Thomas Dichter and Malcolm Harper.
Harry Andrews is one of the founders of Barefoot Power. Barefoot Power (est. 2005) is a social enterprise that designs, manufactures, and distributes pro-poor solar lighting products. Over the past few years, Harry has established subsidiary distribution businesses for Barefoot Power in Uganda and Kenya and forged collaboration with other partners around sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Barefoot Power, Harry was an environmental and small-scale power specialist for Australia's largest renewable energy company, Hydro Tasmania.
Tuition and Room/Board $1,000*
Includes 3 nights lodging, meals, course materials and field visit.
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*Note: This is a reduced special fee for this 3-day course. Full week enrollment includes the 2-day course "Introduction to Community Economic Development" and seven nights full lodging/board which is $2,200.00

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