The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

Smokeless Homes Initiative

Your title/position Founder & Director
Type of Enterprise informal program/project , other
Year the ngo or company was founded 2015
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Explain your project in details:

Our main goal is to ensure that the rural households have access and use clean and affordable energy products for their basic needs e.g. lighting, cooking and mobile phones charging. We undertake this by setting up a Village energy hub and offer entrepreneurship trainings to the local women who run the energy entreprises as explained below; Establishment of Village Solar charging stations We do this by setting up solar charging stations which are run by groups of women. The stations provide solar lamps and phone charging services. The women undertake this as a group enterprise on a rent-to-own model by renting out the lamps daily at a cost lower than kerosene. After 4 to 6 months, the individuals own a solar lamp and a cook stove. We mainly deal with the award winning Green Light planet products- sun king lamps and other likeminded partners such as Osram and The Energy Resource Institute (TERI) under the Lighting a Billion lives programme for supply of the fixed charging station model. Capacity building trainings on entrepreneurship and leadership skills The main objective is to provide the women with entrepreneurial skills that will ensure sound management of the Green Energy enterprises such as the solar charging station. The trainings are facilitated in collaboration with professional trainers from institutions such as Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), Ministry of Industrialization and Economic Projects Trust Fund (EPTF).

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

As a result of this initiative, we have been able to create various social, economic and environmental impacts in the wetlands and Island villages using the following indicators ; - Approximately 2000 Rural households accessing and using solar lamps and improved cook stoves for lighting and cooking. - Improved income generation for women solar entrepreneurs - Improved disposable income among female headed households engaging in the solar entreprises. - Reduced cases of open fire accidents at household levels. - Reduced over harvesting of papyrus/vegetation for fuel wood.

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Sustainability and future plans

The Smokeless Homes Initiative business model has inbuilt sustainability mechanisms as follows; Upon receipt of the initial seed grant/financing; - We set up a a Village Energy Hub involving a solar charging station with lamps and cookstoves. Run by local women, using a mobile money Pay as you go platform, they rent out solar lamps daily to households and fishermen at a price lower than kerosene. After every 6 months, we are able to set up an additional charging station and enable the households to own a lamp and an improved cook stove. - The women are trained before the start of the business on basic business and entrepreneurship skills including financial management, customer relations, marketing and other business operation skills for self reliance. Ultimately, our future plan is to establish at least five other Village Energy Hubs in major fishing villages around Lake Victoria and run by the local women while solving the prevailing social, economical and environmental problems caused by lack of access to clean and affordable energy.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

Caroline is the founder and Executive Director of Women In Sustainable Enterprises (WISE) www.wise-kenya.org a grass root organization that empowers women in the fishing villages through alternative sustainable enterprises such as urban farming techniques, ecotourism and green energy enterprises among others. She is an alumnus of the Mandela Washington Fellowship programme of the Young African Leaders Initiative under the Business & Entrepreneurship track at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. Holds Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (Human Resource Management option) from Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science & Technology (JOOUST) and Diploma in Business Management (Kenya Institute of Management). Caroline over five years of experience working with wetland farmers mostly women in the Kenyan side of Lake Victoria basin wetlands through trainings such as; Agricultural producers and entrepreneurs under Banking on Change Project in collaboration with CARE Kenya, Plan International and Barclays Bank. Moreover, while working with farmers, she has engaged in Participatory Rural appraisals, wetland biodiversity assessments, community climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation options including climate smart and ecosystem friendly livelihoods for wetland-dependent communities. She is Alumni of Akili Dada fellows leadership programme, Spark Kenya changemaker, EarthCorps International Corps member (www.earthcorps.org) USA and Ferry Beach Ecology School Naturalist (www.fbes.org), USA. Caroline was among the list of Top40under40 women in Kenya 2018 by Business Daily. She was also named among the top 100 most positively inspiring youths in Africa by Positive Youths Africa in 2017 and Kenya Diversity and Inclusion Gender Equality Champion 2nd Runners Up-2019.

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June 16, 2019 07:43

Hi, I apologize, I have not been active on campus for some days now but am back now and will vote every idea that has left a comment or message for me if you have not done so, please check it out and leave a comment quickly to get two votes today thank you https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/?
EKJ
edUnify

June 14, 2019 11:46

Hi dear,
its another beautiful day of voting, I believe sustained efforts and your creativity will pay off, on and off this platform. keep doing what you do and all the best
EkJ-edUnify
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 14, 2019 00:29

I am here again to support on this amazing opinion lets make a change that will benefit the entire world . all the best

kindly let continue with the support

Regards
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/my-ideas/13566/?

June 12, 2019 06:47

Hi dear, I am king James from the idea "edUnify under tourism", I want to solicit your support for my idea, and I guarantee you a vote back and comment if you vote and leave a comment on my idea. Thanks for your anticipated support and do have a great day. This is my link, https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 10, 2019 13:13

Hello

I have read through your idea. How do you plan to track trends in your market inorder to know your customer needs and apply those findings in your business?

With this information, i think you can always stay ahead of your competition and changing trends in the market.

Regards
Mother Care App
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14382/

June 9, 2019 15:38

Hello

Vote 10: Thanks for supporting me. Lets keep supporting each other with comments and votes.

Regards
Mother Care App
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14382/

June 9, 2019 13:39

Hi there, I have not seen your comments or votes on my idea today and i sincerely need your review please, i will appreciate it if you could take a quick look. thank you for your support. https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 5, 2019 19:01

Hello

Congratulation nice project, well done and i wish you all the best.You can read my idea too "Waste papers recycling to useful products' and support it with a comment and vote https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/tumainisimon/ideas/my-ideas/14251/

June 5, 2019 10:13

voter 8

kindly support my idea with votes and comment, read through and tell me what you think about it.

follow the link below
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Regards
Naemi Likius

June 4, 2019 21:52

HI, I just want to comment here and say you have an impressive project and i would wan you to succeed. Although i have exhausted my time today, i will come around tomorrow for a vote, feel free to drop a reminder on my comment section or better still vote mine. https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 3, 2019 07:58

Hi,
Your idea is great and I hope it has a great impact.

Lets Support each other. Can you please spare some time and vote for my idea STEP (Slums' Transformation & Empowering Population) in order to support slums and alleviate poverty.

Click on this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14234/ to vote.

Thank You

Best Regards,
Haleema zia from Pakistan

June 3, 2019 07:58

Hi,
Your idea is great and I hope it has a great impact.

Lets Support each other. Can you please spare some time and vote for my idea STEP (Slums' Transformation & Empowering Population) in order to support slums and alleviate poverty.

Click on this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14234/ to vote.

Thank You

Best Regards,
Haleema zia from Pakistan

May 31, 2019 14:46

I am Impressed!!! truly amazing the way how you plan to solve social and economic problems through critical thinking, keep up.

If you may, please take a look at my ideia which is in the BEST IDEAS category.

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15064/

Let us make a difference in the world!

May 29, 2019 07:44

Greetings,

Happy International Menstrual Hygiene Day.

Your project idea is amazing :)

We're so excited to have been nominated under the youth best ideas competition category. Kindly show your support by reading commenting and voting for us at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15089/

Thank you,
Natasha Sichula
HERZ CEO