Scaling the Solution: How do you intend to scale your activities over the next two years (e.g., reach new markets, diversify solutions, etc.)? What will make this possible?
We plan to scale our intervention by increasing the number of hives provided to each beekeeper, increasing the size of our beekeeping groups, and expanding access to markets and to more beekeepers through increased bee product collection efforts. Our initial focus is to develop a standardized role out model for developing a beekeeping out grower network then applying it in different beekeeping communities.
Financial Sustainability: What is your business model to ensure financial sustainability?
Different aspects of our intervention will be funded and sustained differently. Sustainability will be ensured by using crowd sourced microfinancial loans to support the initial equipment outlays and P.O. financing for honey/beeswax collectors. The processing, packaging and wholesaling will use modified debt financing to allow access more lucrative markets. The initial trainings will be donor supported though.
Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I initially came to Tanzania to work at a local renewable energy NGO that promoted the interests of the renewable energy private sector. I parlayed those leanings and experiences into working on with a Tanzanian solar PV installation company expand their services and impact in rural Tanzania by supporting revenue generating activities such as cell phone charging businesses, as well as social impact, electrifying health centers.