Case Studies

Rwanda: "With the Mobile Solar Kiosk we bring electricity and internet to the BoP"

"Henri Nyakarundi is the founder of African Renewable Energy Distributor (ARED). Twenty of their 'Mobile Solar Kiosks' have been operational in Rwanda and now Henri and his team are ready to scale up. As Henri is currently looking for funding via the Inclusive Business Accelerator platform we contacted him (who is explaining the kiosk to IMF boss Christine Lagarde in the picture above) to learn more." Posted by Bertil van Vugt on May 5, 2015.

- What problem are you solving with the Mobile Solar Kiosk?

Zambia: Act Local, Think Global: The Food Revolution in Zambia

"Sylvia Banda is an Ashoka Fellow on the frontline of this rapidly changing economy. She is simultaneously tackling issues of agricultural education, training and market demand all through the medium of promoting local food in Zambia. On the base level, Sylvia educates farmers in techniques to preserve surplus foods so she manages to guarantee their nutrient value. She also organises farmers into clubs – the structure enables them to harness a collective selling power, far stronger than their individual power.

Firmenich and Danida in Uganda: Sustainable vanilla sourcing through an innovative partnership

It’s been over seven years since a strategic partnership was established between Firmenich, a leader in the flavor and fragrance industry and one of the world’s largest buyers of sustainable vanilla; DANIDA, the development arm of the Danish Government; and Uvan Ltd., Uganda’s local vanilla processor. This partnership, rooted in the core competences of each partner, aimed to create a sustainable supply of Ugandan vanilla.

Mondi Zimele: Encouraging independence through enterprise in South Africa

WBCSD have produced an IB case study focusing on Mondi, an international packaging and paper group. We documented how Mondi Zimele, part of Mondi South Africa, addresses the limited economic opportunities of rural communities through job creation and small business development. To date, the program has supported over 80 small and medium enteprises with an employment footprint reaching over 4,200 people and a collective annual turnover in excess of US$ 61 million.

A summary of the study is presented below: Mondi Zimele: Encouraging independence through enterprise in South Africa:

Blog for July 2014: The role of Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSP) in promoting Inclusive Business in Zimbabwe

There is a famous African Proverb that says "To go fast you must alone, but to go far you need to go with others" there is need to the add a modern twist to this adage which is "go with others who are like minded and have the same desire to achieve cohesion". This article is intended to look at the importance of like minded individuals or entities coming together for the singular purpose of achieving economic growth and human development.

This months blog: understanding the BOP for IB in Zimbabwe

Blogspot - Understanding the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) for Inclusive Business in Zimbabwe

The Base of the Pyramid or BOP, as they are known, have the immense potential to become a huge market base for any business. However unlocking the potential in this market does not occur without innovation. This is so because this market segment is governed by a different set of dynamics in comparison to the conventional middle class and high end markets.

Zimbabwe: Milkzim and the story of Yeukai Tagonera

Yeukai Togonera is a Nutrition Network Officers (NNO) with Milkzim. She purchases milk from Milkzim’s wholesale outlet in Harare and sells packets of Merilac fermented milk to consumers living in various high density, low income suburbs in Harare. In 2012, Milkzim adopted the inclusive business approach for the distribution and retail of their products. To date over 100 NNOs have been trained by Milkzim on how to handle and sale milk efficiently and hygienically according to food regulatory standards.

Here is Yeukai’s story: from extreme poverty to economic independence……..

eMkambo: A Market-driven Agricultural Solution Platform in Zimbabwe

In late 2012, Knowledge Transfer Africa (KTA), an indigenous knowledge systems company launched eMkambo, an interactive electronic knowledge-sharing platform for the agriculture sector in partnership with software developer Afrosoft Holdings.

Having been closely following this development, NewsDay columnist Omen Muza (ND) recently caught up with Charles Dhewa (CD), KTA chief executive officer and eMkambo founder and asked him about eMkambo’s progress so far, its linkages with other key market infrastructure and its prospects.