The Financial Power of the Group: How demand aggregation can enable consumer financing for renewable energy products
Salt farmers in Northern India use diesel pumps to help them harvest salt from sea water. They run these pumps for over 16 hours a day, which means up to 60 percent of their income is spent on fuel costs. Solar pumps could substantially increase their income, so Dalberg explored financing options that could make these pumps accessible. They discuss demand aggregation, one particularly promising solution.
A new treasure trove of financial inclusion data.
A significant milestone for the B Corp movement.
And to coincide with tax day in the U.S., a handy guide on where to donate - and a thought-provoking post on the surprising way America’s tax system benefits the poor. These are just a few of the highlights of this week’s Twitter Top 10.
- Education, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Financial Inclusion, Health Care, Impact Assessment, NextBillion Originals
New resources. New partnerships. Even a cool new toilet. This week’s Twitter Top 10 is full of fascinating ideas and useful info, and you can help us get a head start on next week’s list. If you see anything interesting in the Twitterverse, you’re welcome to tweet it to our editors.
- Agriculture, Education, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Financial Inclusion, Health Care, NextBillion Originals
Addition By Replication: SELCO’s ‘knowledge bank’ seeking cases in scale from inside and outside the energy sector
Time and again SELCO India has encountered this question: How will it scale? This is why the solar power firm is building a knowledge bank comprised of case stories capturing methodologies, systems, processes, techniques, tactics or approaches for replication.
Refining the Business Case for Off-Grid Energy in India: Illuminating the models with the greatest potential
Many entrepreneurs and investors have started trying to capitalize on the market opportunity for off-grid electricity in India, but so far, very few have reached meaningful scale. “The Business Case for Off-Grid Energy in India,” a new report by Dalberg on behalf of the Climate Group, highlights the business models with the greatest potential.
Premature Innovation: What happens when a social entrepreneur has a great business idea in a market that isn’t ready for it?
Mauricio Monjaras Cabañas founded GRIMA Biodiesel at the age of 21, a social enterprise that aimed to produce renewable fuel from castor beans. The fuel was touted as cheaper than diesel, better for the environment, and a boon to local farmers. But when he tried to launch his business, complications quickly set in. He discusses his struggles in this post, the latest in our series on social enterprise failures.
How can innovative technologies be distributed and adopted at scale in the last mile? This is a key question driving social enterprises and nonprofits aiming to leverage the power of innovative products designed for the poor. Kopernik, a nonprofit headquartered in Indonesia, has consolidated its observations into five key factors – factors that Project Manager Tomohiro Hamakwa hopes will be useful for other enterprises hoping to make market inroads.
NexThought Monday – Social Enterprise Startup Lessons from Burkina Faso: Doing business at the bottom of the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business Index’
Social enterprises are tackling the most challenging problems facing the BoP, but, in truth, we have not fully developed specific strategies or approaches for BoP-oriented start-ups in those crucial early months, writes Andrew Lala, co-founder of startup Clair de Lune. He offers several lessons from his social enterprise’s first three months on the ground in the heart of West Africa.