Access to financing is not enough. Because financial literacy is low in Uganda, many local organizations tackle the energy access problem in their communities through give-aways and project-based donations. ENVenture has three inputs to build the capacity of cooperatives to launch sustainable distribution businesses:
Business 101 Bootcamp: ENVenture hosts all our partner staff for interactive regional empowered entrepreneur bootcamps covering topics such as finance, marketing, sales, accounting, and business management.
1:1 Mentorship: ENVenture recruits business experts known as the Business Development Fellows. By working with youth, we are creating a new talent pipeline for the clean energy access sector. A good number of our Fellows have surpassed their expectations to fully diversify their enterprises to a level that is able to create a linkage to other income generating community activities.
Network: Our CBO partner network has grown more and acquired the specific experience in clean energy access. Through ENVenture’s replicator model they ably serve as contacts for each other. We encourage the partners to link directly with the cleantech product suppliers to demonstrate best practices and knowledge sharing to prevent “reinventing the wheel” with each store launch.
Become a Business Development Fellow!
ENVenture recruits business experts, who are typically graduates of University business programs, to serve as Business Development Fellows. During the 3-month Fellowship period, Fellows support and train the CBO in launching the enterprise