The Kenya Climate Innovation Center identifies and supports groundbreaking technologies and innovative business models that can turn climate challenges into opportunities for sustainable growth. It is the first of its kind in the world and in December, a little over a year after its launch, it was time to take stock of its main successes, challenges and lessons learned.
Kate Mahugu, cofounder of Shopsoko made quite an impression when she was in Washington, DC for our 2013 Mobile Startup Camp. She not only impressed infoDev but has caught the attention of global corporations and well-established organizations. There's no stopping her as she's determined to let others know about local artisans in developing countries.
m:lab East Africa—the Nairobi-based mobile innovation hub supported by infoDev—is one of seven organizations to win a grant from the Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF). The fund is awarded to organizations that support social and impact enterprises with a focus on creating sustainable impacts for underserved communities.
In developing countries, water purification can be costly and energy-intensive. Due to the lack of proper public infrastructure, purifying water requires significant investments in the construction of private wells and pumps that can filter underground water from bacteria and sediments. While access to clean water is a luxury that only a small part of the population can afford, many are forced to boil the water they use.
Supported by the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), Kenya Biologics is introducing innovative natural solutions for pest control. From a human-safe virus to pheromone traps, this is how the company is revolutionizing the agricultural sector in Kenya.
Coca Tech, one of the 70 firms supported by the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), is revolutionizing the local energy market by introducing a portable solar battery. Coca Tech founder Collins Kayo explains how this innovative product was developed and made affordable for many Kenyans.
This week in Nairobi 30 local climate entrepreneurs supported by the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) showcased their innovative ideas at the Clean Technology Entrepreneurship Workshop. In the presence of donor representatives, officials of the Kenyan Ministry of Environment, and financiers, the entrepreneurs received praise, interest, and even orders for their pioneering green products and services. Two of them, Alex Otrato and Boniface Miano from Garbchar, sat down with us to explain how this week’s workshop and the KCIC support have contributed to their success.
Two years ago, Peter Chege set out to develop a climate-smart way to grow animal feed in Kenya. Now, with the help of the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (CIC), his hydroponics company is growing, creating local green jobs, and enabling farmers to thrive even on very small plots of land.
Afrisol Energy, one of the clients of the newly instituted Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), won the Inaugural Off-Grid Energy Challenge, a competition organized by the United States African Development Foundation and General Electric to identify the most promising sustainable business models in the African region. The company will receive a grant of $100,000 to develop the construction of a new bio-digester that will produce electricity and biogas in the poorest areas of Nairobi.