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A Proud Entrepreneur, June 2016
Jacana Business Empowerment News

June 2016

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Proud Wamunyima with new labels for cooking oil bottles, designed by Le Tran

First international SMART Centre Group meeting.

From 3 up to 6 May representatives from five countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia) met each other in Tanzania for the first international meeting. The meeting was facilitated by Meta Meta and Aqua for All. Every country has or is about to start a SMART Training Centre. In these centres entrepreneurs will be trained in production of water and sanitation solutions with the goal to stimulate the Self-supply market and make people independent from help from outside. This will help to reach Sustainable Development Goal nr. 6 (water and sanitation) in 2030.

For us (Rik and Dinie) this week was a confirmation that Self-supply works. We were back in the area where we have worked for SHIPO SMART Training Centre (2009-2012). We saw good examples of how the Self-supply approach developed. Since 2012 SHIPO did not implement any sponsored pumps and yet five commercial companies who produce pumps were established. In the video you can see examples of entrepreneurs for water and water for entrepreneurs (E4W &W4E).

Swiss Re Foundation

ReSource Award

Swiss Re Foundation awards every year new social entrepreneurial initiatives driving sustainable water management practices. Jacana is selected together with 13 others out of 130 submissions to write a full proposal. Finally three finalists will be selected. This selection shows that Jacana is on the right track.

Ralph Rommelse

Ralph Rommelse strengthens the board

After graduating from Wageningen University, he did agro forestry research in eastern Africa for four years. Nowadays, he teaches economics at a high school in the Netherlands. Recently Ralph visited and worked on Jacana projects in Zambia. Welcome Ralph.






PUM Netherlands senior experts

Dinie starts working during a few hours per week as a representative for PUM in Chipata. She will scout potential entrepreneurs who can use expertise from the Netherlands to expand their business. The entrepreneurs who qualify are slightly larger than that Jacana targets and they need to qualify according to PUM criteria. You can find more information on: www.pum.nl

Hofstee Foundation

Donation from “Hofstee Foundation”

The Hofstee Foundation funds a part of the “Water for Zambia” project. In this project Jacana will realise in three years time a Show case area with 100 partly sponsored pumps and the SMART training centre will be established. 

We thank Hofstee Foundation 

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