Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I have managed the operations of Emerging Cooking Solutions, Zambia for 4 months in 2012-2013. At the start-up stage, I was involved in trying out various strategies to find out replaceable and financially sustainable business model which can be scaled nationally. It was an experience for me to learn from failures as well as to understand an organization building from bottom-up. I was able to identify right customer segments to target for the company and also identified potential risks of failures. Dazin is also build on my previous entrepreneurial activities.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Social Forestry Extension Division (SFED), Bhutan: SFED works under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests to maintain all the 556 Community Forests (with 22000+ households as members) in Bhutan. We use this partnership mainly for community mobilization, carrying out Environment Impact Assessment and improving other community forestry services using our distribution channels. SFED has already shown confidence in our project and willingness to support us to reach all the Community Forests.
Stove Suppliers: We are in partnership with Mimi Moto and Africa Clean Energy as our initial stove supplier. However, we also aim to introduce other stoves for all customers segments, such as Sree Stove and TERI stove from India.
BoilingPoint, Denmark: BoilingPoint (BP) is an association registered in Denmark. BP raises awareness about the open cooking firing issues in Europe and initial funds to support Dazin with the aim to reach financial sustainability.