Southampton TBG• Started in 2008 - 5 members and created small fund to be used to support business and self sustaining projects in developing countries.• Collective agreement for what we invest into• Projects are led by one of the group, followed up with visits when possible.• Started working with personal contacts within the group firstly in Kenya & Uganda
Current Projects• Key to starting projects is a link to an trusted partner the ground• This then facilitates opportunities with local entrepreneurs and projects• “On the Move” Travel & Tourism – Kisumu Kenya• “Olive Branch” Self help groups, – Nairobi Kenya• “Edith’s Home” vocational centre – Ngora, Uganda• Seed Press community project – Thoza, Malawi
Solar Power project• Started with Ezekiel who was working with sun dried fruit.• Tough Stuff products solar to create opportunities for village based entrepreneurs
Busoga solar• Initial phase - sales based business models not successful• Ezekiel discovered that people would pay to charge phones - so developed rental model.• Developed into be income share with proportion of income from entrepreneur returned to centre to fund expansion.
Busoga Solar• Project is using larger solar panels providing better returns.• Project is at a stage to create a new village entrepreneur every 2 months without any further external funding.
South Sudan• TBN group – a new link gave an opportunity to expand model into South Sudan.• Funded transport of our new entrepreneur Idi to meet and be trained by Ezekiel & team in Uganda• Currently purchasing equipment to ship to South Sudan