Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
A young green energy expert, a social geographer, and a community builder find each other at the Green Entrepreneurship centre, dreaming about a project in a rural village. LES provides them information, a network, training, and coaching. LES also contacts companies of which one has great solutions for rural sustainable energy; a combination of biogas, solar and biofuels, and another company is specialized in food (Unilever). Partnerships with the young entrepreneurs are established and a pilot project starts in a village. People enjoy the green energy and light, which increases security, studying and socializing in the evenings. Bioslurry is used to increase healthy crops and yields. The project is upscaled and replicated in other areas.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Young entrepreneurs will be reached at first, by providing them a better future, employment, education, coaching, and general increase of self-esteem, self-confidence and empowerment. At least 1000 people will be reached through the sustainability projects, improving their lives with green energy, reduction of indoor pollution due to reduction of firewood and dung for cooking, employment, food, and studying opportunities with light at night. 1.2 billion people in the world lack reliable electricity and (local) food production needs to increase in quality and quantity in order to feed us all, and this will be tackled by these projects. Furthermore, the UNDP proved with the Micro Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) in Nepal that even the poorest of the poor can be lifted out of poverty with entrepreneurship, while increasing empowerment and equality. So what are we waiting for?
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
In the first 5 years, projects are aimed to spread over the rural areas in Nepal in order to have a positive impact on social, economic and ecological terms. If successful, similar centres will be implemented in in other cities and areas of Nepal (e.g. Pokhara), as well as other countries. In these 5 to 10 years, we aim to have a positive impact on local as well as global social and economic issues of unemployment, inequality and poverty, together with environmental issues of resource use, pollution, climate change, deforestation, and biodiversity degradation.