BIF Pilot Resources
The first light bulb was lit at Lower Bondo on Mulanje Mountain in mid-2013, generated by a micro-hydro power scheme operated by MEGA, Malawi’s first operational private energy company. Read about MEGA’s journey to find a commercial yet affordable energy solution for rural households, with ambition to scale across other off-grid communities.
The crop is low-value, farmers lack links to formal markets, processing needs to happen 48 hours post-harvest, partnerships need improvement, and a viable production line depends on high consistent volumes. Read how and why Universal Industries, a Malawian snacks manufacturer, is tackling such challenges and has operationalised a new factory and smallholder sourcing model for cassava.
The transition from an NGO-run programme to a profitable company took JITA less than 2 years. Read how Jita has maintained its core social focus - recruiting marginalised rural Bangladeshi women as rural distributors of consumer goods – while building in commercial growth, diversification, and achievement of break-even ahead of schedule in 2013.
Provides the initial lessons learned to date on the Business Innovation Facility’s experience providing technical assistance to inclusive businesses. (July 2012)
Takes an in-depth look at the projects in the IAP portfolio in 2013 - how far have they come in reaching their commercial and development goals? What have been the key opportunities & challenges? Click here for a three page summary. (November 2013)