Check out this blog post from Jackie Johnson about Baisikeli Ugunduzi:
Get Hip to the Future of Hip Pumps
GOOD Magazine features DIV Grantee, Kickstart International.
Check out the artcile: http://magazine.good.is/articles/get-hip-to-the-future-of-hip-pumps
Labor Link gives voice to global workforce
Tom Rausch, co-founder of Good World Solutions, explains how Labor Link is improving communication between workers, factories, suppliers and brands.
Read the interview here: http://techpageone.dell.com/technology/labor-link-gives-voice-to-global-workforce/#.U8zvkpRdUwx
Azuri’s CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth explores how technology can help address some of the challenges of emerging economies and the potential to bypass a traditional industrial revolution route to development and jump directly to a knowledge-based economy in this TEDx Talk.
‘We’re the disrupters’ DIV Grantee, Mera Gao Power, featured on Devex Impact
"In 2010, U.S.-born entrepreneurs Brian Shaad and Nikhil Jaisinghani moved from Nigeria — where they were both living and working at the time — to Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India that shares a border with Nepal. Why? To bring clean and efficient light to the state’s off-grid rural villages, which, up to that point, were still completely reliant on kerosene.
Shaad and Jaisinghani established Mera Gao Power that year and started commercial operations in December 2011. A lighting utility social enterprise, Mera Gao provides low-cost solar microgrids to communities in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. Costing less than $1,000, each microgrid is able to provide light and charge mobile phone batteries for seven hours a day, seven days a week to at least 30 homes. Each household that subscribes to the service receives two LED lights and a mobile phone charger, and pays a fixed fee of 25 rupees ($0.42) per week. Customers don’t pay for the energy they consume; they pay to gain access to the service.
From just one village system in 2011 — which comprises two solar panels, two batteries and four distribution lines — Mera Gao has since been able to set more than 1,200 systems in place. And from serving 7,000 customers in June 2013, Mera Gao now has 21,000 clients.
So how was Mera Gao able to expand so quickly in just three years?”
Continue reading to find out: https://www.devex.com/news/we-re-the-disrupters-83829
Our very own Jill Boezwinkle is a finalist in the national security and international affairs category of The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, also known as the Sammies! Check out her impressive interview on the Dispensers for Safe Water program on Federal News Radio:
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How Operation ASHA is tackling TB worldwide at 1/19th the cost
"Kumar can’t tell his employer or family that he has TB, and is too nervous to go to a hospital. Raju felt so much better after taking TB drugs, so he stopped the course of medicines. Kavitha can’t afford to take time off from work to go to a hospital. Rani started getting depressed on TB medication and so stopped taking it.
These are some typical problems that TB patients (and in turn, doctors) face.”
Read how DIV Grantee OperationASHA is tackling these challenges and helping rid the world of TB:
Another great mention of DIV grantee Off.Grid.Electric winning the Ashden Award: Via GVEP Interntional
Off.Grid:Electric uses mobile money to sell solar power in Tanzania and is one of the winners of this year’s Ashden Awards – the yearly prize that awards pioneering sustainable energy enterprises and programs across the world.
The Tanzania-based venture Off.Grid:Electric won one of the prestigious Ashden Awards last week for providing energy as a service to some of the poorest off-grid communities in East Africa.
The company has a mission: to put kerosene out of business. Their customers typically use kerosene lamps to light their homes, which is both costly and hazardous. Off.Grid: Electric’s value proposition to their prospective clients is attractive: they offer a cheaper, cleaner, and better serviced alternative to kerosene through solar and mobile technologies.
‘Mobile money’ – a mechanism where customers pay via mobile phones - is increasingly used as a method of payment in East Africa. Off.Grid:Electric has taken advantage of this infrastructure to build a scalable “solar as a service” business model.
Their service isn’t limited to power; it also comprises an all-day customer care telephone line, as well as ongoing support from a local agent.
To date, 10,000 homes in Tanzania are accessing their service. This uptake is in part thanks to a sophisticated app-based customer registration system that makes it easy for people to register in a high-demand market.
Reaching the “last mile” has often been a challenge for new technologies that seek to address the needs of the most remote and low-income customers. Off.Grid:Electric has overcome this challenge by building their own distribution model, which lowers the cost of their service to a point that most customers can afford.
The GVEP International Advisory Team is currently working with Off.Grid:Electric on a feasibility study that will facilitate their expansion into additional East African markets.