ENVenture partners with BSpace to train  CBOs in basic business skills

ENVenture partnered with Bspace to host a business 101 boot camp for over 26 of its Community Based Organizations(CBOs) from across the country as part of its efforts to create sustainable enterprises. The boot camp was hosted at the   Makerere University Health Sciences-Resilient African Network’s (RAN) premises in Kololo.

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ENVenture’s Executive Aneri Pradhan presenting at the boot camp

‘’ What we are going to do is teach you the basic business skills to enable you to sell clean energy in your communities and then use that money to support your CBO. So it is win-win people get energy, your CBO gets stronger.’’, said ENVenture’s Executive Director Aneri Pradhan while presenting the ENVenture business roadmap at the opening of the boot camp. ENVenture works by  incubating  and training  Rural Community Based Organizations (CBOs) involved in modern low-cost technologies in solar energy, non-electric water filters, improved biomass cookstoves, and fuel briquettes  to enable them to become last mile distributors for these essential technologies.

During the boot camp, participants were trained in the basics of business management. The boot camp sessions were facilitated by the BSpace and guest facilitators. The sessions included: fundamentals of financial management for social enterprises, accounting, sales and marketing team management for small businesses, monitoring and evaluation and presentations from solar, cook stove and water purification manufacturing companies.

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Raymond, the  EN Venture app developer gives a hands on demonstration to a CBO at the boot camp.

ENVenture also used the boot camp to unveil and demonstrate its open source mobile sales and inventory app. The app which enables the CBOs to track sales, orders and inventories while generating regular reports is meant to ease record keeping for the CBOs in their daily operations. At the end of the boot camp each CBO went home with a certificate of attendance and a smartphone containing the app courtesy of ENVenture.

The business 101 boot camp was a collaboration between ENVenture, BSpace and the hosts Resilient African Network(RAN).

About ENVenture

1.3 billion people lack access to electricity. Close to 1 billion are drinking unsanitary water. And 4 million people, mostly women and children, die annually from indoor air pollution due to burning wood and charcoal for cooking.  Rural Community Based Organizations (CBOs), which are grassroots organizations created by members of the community, know these problems well. Solar energy, non-electric water filters, improved biomass cookstoves, and fuel briquettes are all modern low-cost technologies that can solve these problems.

ENVenture incubates and trains these organizations to enable them to become last mile distributors for these essential technologies. ENVenture wants everyone to easily access a quality clean energy technology for their home without having to travel far from their community. They do this by seed financing select CBOs, providing mentorship through business development fellows who are attached to these select CBOs and creating simple open source mobile technology  to track sales, orders and inventory. For more information on ENVenture click here.