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Jamborow @jamborowfintech - A B2B data-driven Enterprise offers unmatched financial services for informal workers.

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 12:28pm
From Urbangeekz:Three ambitious business leaders have launched a pioneering fintech platform that promises to deliver financial inclusion to the unbanked in Africa.

Industry heavyweights Moses Onitilo, John Kamara, and Olusegun George have teamed up to spearhead fintech startup Jamborow. The B2B data-driven enterprise offers unmatched financial services for informal workers.

Jamborow calls itself Africa’s first inclusive and intelligent fintech platform. Built for the unbanked and underbanked population, these are often street vendors, small-scale entrepreneurs, and the rural population...[more]

Crop Commercialization - Pierre Thiam fonder of Yolélé Foods @YoleleFoods and Teranga via @HowGoodRatings

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 6:14am
From HowGood:Pierre Thiam, Executive Chef and Co-Founder of Yolélé Foods and Teranga, describes the dangerous impact that monocultures and big agriculture have on our perspective and the need to bring traditional crops to the global market and incorporate them into our diet.

Kangundo farmers and a Village Knowledge Centre

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 1:14pm
From Smart Farmer:A village in Kangundo, Machakos County, is thriving because of a most unlikely form of farming – growing grass. Muisuni Village, which is only 70 kilometres away from Nairobi, had until 2016, struggled with a hostile climate.

The residents of this small town would attempt to farm but barely got much as the area had long dry spells, and there was lack of information on viable farming practices. Today, delighted local farmers tell a different story...[more]

The Science of Gemstones - Learning Geology

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 1:03pm
From Learning Geology:Gemmology, also known as the science of gemstones, is the study of precious gemstones. It mainly focuses on identifying gemstones, confirming its authenticity, evaluating the quality, determining the origin, and disclosing the treatment used for the gemstone. A major part of it requires distinguishing between natural gemstones and synthetic counterparts and imitations. Earlier it was difficult to identify synthetic crystals but that is not much of a problem these days. Gemmologists also find out the treatment used for gemstones as it directly influences the price of a gemstone. In most cases, original gemstones undergo physical and chemical treatment to enhance the aesthetic appeal...[more]

This Sierra Leone Chef Brings a Modern Twist to Nomadic Cuisine https://www.ozy.com/good-sht/a-sierra-leonean-chef-makes-her-mark-with-fulani-cuisine-culture/278422/#.XuzZzLSxY6k.twitter

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 11:34am
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Eight Christmases ago, Fatmata Binta was a budding chef in a Madrid culinary school distraught at losing her job as a private English tutor and unsure of how to make ends meet before the end of her education. But last Christmas, her Dine On A Mat dinners in Accra attracted so many guests, including celebrity DJ Walshy Fire of Major Lazer, rapper 6lack and Calvin Klein model Ebonee Davis, that she hosted a slew of sessions all month. Sometimes twice a day.

Many of them were part of the influx into the Ghanaian capital for the Year of Return celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade. “I was so exhausted I had to take the whole of January off,” Binta laughs heartily, recalling how different that Christmas in 2011 was when she survived by making sandwiches and African meals for MBA students at the popular IE Business School in Madrid...[more]

Trust is a graphic novel that tells the story of a young Kenyan woman who learns about blockchain and uses it to transform her community. https://gitcoin.co/grants/211/trust-graphic-novel

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 8:58am
Trust is a graphic novel that tells the story of a young Kenyan woman who learns about blockchain and uses it to transform her community. The goal of the project is to grow the global blockchain community in the locations where people’s lives will be most transformed by the impact - in developing countries. By telling a story that is culturally relevant, we can help our readers see a future that is free from the issues they experience in their daily lives, while also providing them with the tools to create that future. The book will directly cover the basics, but it will also link to online blogs and other learning resources to help readers take the next step to becoming crypto users, entrepreneurs, and developers. We want to inspire the next generation of Africans to build with blockchain and be an integral part of the community...[more]

Polycentric Institutions - The Mini-Grid Electricity Delivery Model in Nigeria - @republicjournal

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:20am
From The Republic:...Within sub-Saharan Africa, the delivery of energy to rural areas is characterized by smaller community sizes, isolated physical locations and lower electrical loads. These attributes imply that extending access to energy through traditional grid extension will incur very high marginal costs when compared to dense urban areas. Ironically within these regions, most of the utilities heavily subsidize tariffs which create artificially low revenue and high technical or generation costs, thus there are no incentives to deliver electricity to low load consumers from the rural areas. These technical and financial challenges to grid-based electricity delivery has rendered traditional utilities unable to attract investment for rural electrification in meeting the SDG goals.

In the alternative, decentralized off-grid delivery models (low-voltage isolated distribution grids supplied with electricity from one or more small generators) have been touted as having the potential at fulfilling the SDG goals. This is due to their ability to overcome the economic and environmental extremities of traditional grid based energy provision methods...[more]

Ethiopian Diaspora can provide their relatives with Ethiopian services through Hello Ethio @ethio_hello

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 10:05am
The mission of Hello Ethio is:To help unlock the potential of Ethiopia through the digitalization of essential services, such as finance, healthcare, and eCommerce. To help drive sustainable and inclusive growth through digitalization.

We believe digitalization will lower transaction costs and bring essential services to the reach of the poor. It bypasses the conventional time consuming and capital intensive build-up of fixed assets (bank branches, school buildings, and warehouses).

Transforming Kenya’s invasive ‘mathenge’ bushes into charcoal farms

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 10:56pm
From Forest News:Kenya’s population is rapidly growing and urbanizing, which is driving a soaring demand for charcoal in the country’s main cities. Studies show that charcoal production increased between 1.6 to 2.5 tons a year between 2004 to 2012, while revenues grew from $0.3 to $1.6 billion in the same period...[more]

Meet Bethelhem Dejene Abebe co-founder and CEO of Zafree Papers Ethiopia

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 9:02pm
From How We Made It:During the first year of her studies at Addis Ababa University, Bethelhem Dejene Abebe visited the Atkilt Tera market, the biggest fruit and vegetable market in Ethiopia, with her mother. The conditions at the market shocked her enough to decide that waste management was what she wanted to commit her life to.

“It was surprisingly dirty, it smelled really bad. It really was not healthy,” she says. “It was at that moment that I decided that I should do something to try and make a difference.”

Bethelhem is co-founder and CEO of Zafree Papers, a company that is introducing a 100% tree-free paper pulp made from agricultural waste...[more]

'Africa World Books' founded by Peter Deng

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 12:25pm
Aaron Fernandes writes: Peter Deng came to Australia as a refugee from southern Sudan after spending a decade in a Kenyan refugee camp. He has now established an independent book publishing company at the centre of a worldwide boom in African literature...[more]

Definitive Guide to Setup Drone Delivery System https://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/definitive-guide-to-setup-drone-delivery-system

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 8:18am
  Utsav Chopra writing in DIY Drones: Commercial drones are now becoming a mainstream technology, with the 2020 pandemic serving as a showcase for how drones can save human lives. Drones have been used for delivery long before Amazon announced its Prime Air service. Founded in 2011, Zipline, a US-based company focused on medical drone deliveries became the pioneer in long-distance drone delivery, with distribution centers in Rwanda and Ghana. With an exponential growth since then, Zipline now delivers 65% of blood samples in Rwanda, particularly because the country lacks suitable road connectivity...[more]

Nawah-Scientific @NawahScientific : the first private research centre in Egypt

Sat, 06/13/2020 - 5:02pm
From African Business Heroes:Watch Omar Sakr of Nawah-Scientific: the first private research centre in Egypt, share how his business has grown thanks to the 2019 ABH competition.

More relevant now than ever...Design for the Next Billion Customers, by Niti Bhan @prepaid_africa and Dave Tait

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 2:14pm
From Core 77 in 2008:Niti Bhan and Dave Tait, having just returned from exploratory research in Africa to understand the mindset and consumer behavior at the bottom of the pyramid, share their insights for designers hoping to serve this population. This research was part of a larger study conducted by Experientia, an Italy-based international experience design consultancy.

This theme shows up, in one form or another, on most of the application essays made to design schools. Young designers aspire to improve people's lives by creating products that matter. They dream of Eames, timeless designs and creating products that get called 'Classic.' But the real world soon starts putting commercial demands on the designer's time and talent, and the dream gets slowly wrapped up in dust, to be tucked away, as focus shifts to styling trendy products that catch the fickle consumer's eye. Planned obsolescence influence the very consumerism and market forces that now demand 'New!'...[more]

Social Entrepreneurs Need Two Improvements to Their Financing Access | Engineering For Change

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 11:31am
From Engineering for Change:Two ideas emerged to improve access for social startups when Siemens Stiftung convened a round table of experts on financing in Cairo, Egypt, this year. One is the need for partially automated data generation systems that would collect relevant data for financing. The other is tailored matchmaking that would pool different sources and types of capital.

The foundation published those and other conclusions about financing solutions discussed at the meeting in a report called ‘Innovative Financing for Social Entrepreneurs...[more]

Apply to the GSBI Food Systems Online Accelerator via @MillerSocent

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 11:24am
We are currently recruiting for our next GSBI Online Accelerator for social enterprises focused on improving agri-food systems in Africa. Miller Center delivers world-class accelerator programs that connect global social enterprise leaders with Silicon Valley business executives to develop more sustainable, scalable market-based solutions to the problems of those living in poverty around the world.

Are you a tech-enabled enterprise that addresses nutrition and food security and/or regenerative environmental systems in the agri-food sphere? Enterprises can interact with any part of the agri-food value chain from seeds and inputs to processing, distribution and retail, including innovations along the full chain like financing and traceability.

This GSBI Food Systems accelerator will launch in September 2020...[more]

In China "Millions of farmers use anaerobic digesters to capture methane from manure, which has also improved indoor air by reducing wood burning"

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 11:20am
China Dialogue reports: Millions of farmers use anaerobic digesters to capture methane from manure, which has also improved indoor air by reducing wood burning...[more]

Addressing Africa's nutrition challenges by strengthening indigenous crops

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 10:51pm
From African Renewal:The African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) is an international effort to improve nutrition, productivity and climatic adaptability of some of Africa's most important food crops, thus helping to decrease malnutrition and stunting among the continent's most vulnerable population, especially rural children. The AOCC aims to sequence, assemble and annotate the genomes of 100 traditional African food crops, which will enable higher nutritional content for society over the decades to come...[more]

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