Futurepump is part of a groundswell of agtech startups that are enabling smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to increase efficiencies and move from subsistence farming to farming for profit.
SimGas were big winners at ASME’s 2018 Innovation Showcase! They'll use their $10,000 prize to pilot their biogas milk chiller with a group of 20 Kenyan farmers. They hope to learn more about their payment model, and to further investigate the farmer to processor cooling chain.
African women are typically in charge of smaller, garden vegetable plots. By providing them access to irrigation tools, Kickstart enables them to contribute more income to their households. As they increase their earnings, they also increase their stature within their families and communities.
Sun Culture's CEO, Samir Ibrahim, and CNBC Africa’s Charles Gitonga recently sat down to discuss how SunCulture is helping farmers to be more productive by providing innovative tools, the financial access they need to buy these tools, and the support and training they need to use them effectively.
SimGas is one of three Kenyan-based innovators to receive this year’s Africa regional ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) awards. Later this year, all the winners will meet in New York City for the Global ISHOW event, where they will share more than $500,000 in awards, services and technical support.
Herta von Stiegel, Ariya Capital's Founder, Partner and Executive Chairman, has been nominated for the "Outstanding Contribution Award: Power" at the African Utility Week Industry Awards. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner on May 16th.
SunCulture's Samir Ibrahim believes that profit generation should be coupled with environmental and social value creation. Food security is just one of their goals—they also want to provide the structure for both business and personal success through tools, good service, and access to financing.
Futurepump developed their business model in three fronts: The product, the distribution and the credit offering. Once they had a great product, they convinced a major distributor to work with them–even after an initial rejection. They're now also partnering with an experienced financing company.
This brochure presents the outcomes of a study carried out by REEEP and supported by GIZ, and is a visual guide to dairy value chains in India and Kenya. It points out the technology and knowledge gaps that were identified by consulting with stakeholders, and proposes ways to address those gaps.
Futurepump's five-year warranty and vigorous after-sales support for their pumps lower the risk inherent in adopting new technology for use on the farm. This support also keeps their pumps from being tossed aside when new operators don't understand how to use them, or they don't work as expected.
Husk Power Systems and the Shell Foundation have been improving energy access for low-income Indians since 2008. It's been a big success—Husk has served over 200,000 people. Now, Shell and Zone Startups India have launched POWERED, an entrepreneurship program for women in India's energy sector.