What solution(s) does your initiative address to help emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive in underserved communities? (select all applicable)
Access to financing, Access to supply chains, Access to technology, Access to economic opportunity.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
We have trained 8 entrepreneurs and sold 750 lamps to date. That is a total saving of USD 48,000 annual rural spending on kerosene by switching to solar lamps.
The product we offer is a safe, healthy, reliable, and convenient lighting solutions to rural households. It saves time and money without having to purchase kerosene, refill the lamp, and light it up. It also eliminates exposure to the harmful impact of kerosene.
Our enterpreneurs earn an average additional income of US$15-US$20/month. Part of the earnings are used to pay for their children's education.
It is an enriching experience for the women to be part of our entrepreneurship program as women often have to live up to a set of cultural expectations. Marlia, the youngest NDI entrepreneur, was a shy, timid woman. Today, she is able to travel out from her village and confidently join social gatherings, proudly introduces herself and chats with strangers on the dangers of kerosene.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
We aim to train 20 more entrepreneurs in 3 new hub villages by Dec 2013. We aim to sell at least 2,500 lamps by end of 2013 and light up 10,000 lives.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
As we scale up, reach more areas, distribute more lamps and train more women, the quality of after-sales support for lamp-related problems and follow-up trainings for women entrepreneurs may be compromised.
To prevent this,we have started to standardized as much as our processes as possible in the form of standard operating procedures (SOP). This will cut unnecessary work and allow us to manage the project on a larger scale. An SOP we used on how to conduct village forums have been shown to save us about half a day of preparation time. With a team of 5 people, 30 man-hours have been saved and utilized in other key areas.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
To build presence in 3 hub villages, train at least 15 women &reach 1500 households or 6000 people.We have started work on 1 hub
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Partner 3 local NGOs to train over 30 women, reach 2500 families or 10,000 people. NDI work to spread to other part of Indonesia