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Entrepreneurs & Economic Development is THE Social Venture podcast covering the Bottom of the Pyramid industry, bringing you information about business leaders and technologies that are changing the world.



We cover emerging market energy, health, water, Mobile Money, agriculture, product design and education. Our podcasts provide listeners with an inside look at hot companies, industry trends, and how to gain employment overseas in emerging markets.

Entrepreneurs & Economic Development: The Bottom of the Pyramid Podcast Ryan Fetterly: Entrepreneur & Social Venture enthusiast

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Entrepreneurs & Economic Development is THE Social Venture podcast covering the Bottom of the Pyramid industry, bringing you information about business leaders and technologies that are changing the world.



We cover emerging market energy, health, water, Mobile Money, agriculture, product design and education. Our podcasts provide listeners with an inside look at hot companies, industry trends, and how to gain employment overseas in emerging markets.

    A solution to open fire cooking – Dazin – Ep016

    A solution to open fire cooking – Dazin – Ep016

    The image above shows a town meeting with Dazin’s product the “Fuel Cookie” lower centre.

    This episode is part of a podcast series called “Entrepreneurs & Economic Development” talking to entrepreneurs using business and technology to solve problems at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Listen to the interview by clicking play above. 

          

    Subscribe with iTunes for iPhone or Stitcher for Android.

    Today’s Guest – Deepak Ashwani, Dazin

    Deepak Ashwani, CEO and Founder of Dazin an organization looking to solve the issue of open cooking fires in Bhutan. Deepak goes into how a combination of travels in his native India and a masters degree in Europe combined to provide the inspiration to form Dazin.

    You will learn:



    * Cooking has 2 essential elements, the stove and the fuel. Dazin focus’s on the fuel portion.

    * All 8 original Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were affected by open fire cooking

    * 3 Billion people are using open fire cooking, many still use the “Three stone method”

    * Most Efficient BOP Stoves: Gasifier stoves, they are even smokeless!

    * How Deepak selected Bhutan? If his model could work in mountains, it could work anywhere!

    * Their product, the fuel cookie is made of densified wood waste. This makes it both affordable and sustainable.

    * Their Business Model: Rural households bring biomass and receive fuel cookies for a % of the mass collected, urban households buy pellets at nearby shops.



    One of my favourite points raised in the episode was about expansion. Customers approaching Dazin and asking “When are you starting in our village?” Definitely the mark of a product in demand!

    Great Quotes

    [bctt tweet=”If you want to challenge yourself and learn a lot, get outside your comfort zone – @DazinBhutan”]

    [bctt tweet=”Smoke Inhalation is killing 8 people per minute – @DazinBhutan”]

    [bctt tweet=”Fun Fact Bhutan is one of the highest wood fuel consumers per capita globally – @DazinBhutan”]

    [bctt tweet=”Bhutanese law states 60% of land should be covered by forest – @DazinBhutan #eco “]

    Mentioned :



    * Eric Reynolds, Inyenyeri 

    * Burn Manufacturing

    * First Energy – Oorja

    * Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

    * Emerging Cooking Solutions Zambia 



    Contact Name or Company:



    * Twitter:@DazinBhutan

    * Website : Dazin.org

    • 41 min
    Financial Insights and Mobile Money – Kopo Kopo – Ep015

    Financial Insights and Mobile Money – Kopo Kopo – Ep015

    This episode is part of a podcast series called “Entrepreneurs & Economic Development” talking to entrepreneurs using business and technology to solve problems at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Listen to the interview by clicking play above. 

          

    Subscribe with iTunes for iPhone or Stitcher for Android.

    Today’s Guest

    Ben Lyon is Co-Founder and VP Business Development at Kopo Kopo a platform that enables merchants to accept mobile money. Ben is considered an expert in mobile money and shares his opinions on the future of digital currency in emerging markets.

    You will learn:



    * While studying informal economies in University and in Uganda Ben experienced the birth of air time transfers and mobile money

    * A brief history lesson on M-Pesa

    * Fun Fact: Kopo Kopo is an alteration of the Creole phrase Kobboh kobboh meaning money!

    * How Kopo Kopo helps merchants manage mobile finance with business tools

    * “The Trojan Horse”, electronic payments build the relationship with merchant which opens up doors for future services

    * Grow cash advance: a new product using financial data to provide loans to SME clients

    * Expansion:



    * 4 New markets this quarter

    * More products in the toolkit to help businesses grow





    * The plan, 5 years, 100 million dollar company, serving 1 million merchants



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    Great Quotes

    [bctt tweet=”There are over 100 million active #mobilemoney users globally – @Kopokopoinc”]

    [bctt tweet=”#MobileMoney is becoming the payment card of the global south – @Kopokopoinc”]

    [bctt tweet=”There are more phones in #India than #toilets, talking innovation w @BMLyon “]

    Mentioned :



    * iHub @iHub

    * Erik Hersman @whiteafrican

    * Ripple Works

    * Stripe

    * inVenture Episode 

    * Books:



    * Venture Deals

    * Lean Start Up

    * One from many

    * Money Real Quick

    * a rel="NOFOLLOW" href="http://www.amazon.com/Payments-Systems-U-S-Carol-Benson/dp/0982789726/ref=sr_1_1?

    • 46 min
    A Physical Addressing System for Emerging Markets – OkHi – Ep014

    A Physical Addressing System for Emerging Markets – OkHi – Ep014

    This episode is part of a podcast series called “Entrepreneurs & Economic Development” talking to entrepreneurs using business and technology to solve problems at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Listen to the interview by clicking play above. 

          

    Today’s Guest

    Wes Chege is a Co-founder and Head of Product Management at OkHi, a Nairobi based location finding application. OkHi is building a platform that allows people to share their address with friends or delivery services incorporating a picture of their door or gate to overcome GPS inaccuracies on mobile devices.

    You will learn:



    * Impact of the iHub and an overview of the Kenyan Start Up Scene

    * How high youth unemployment is leading to more talent entering the East African Entrepreneurship community

    * OkHi is solving 2 main problems:



    * GPS Accuracy of Consumer Devices

    * Knowing your destination when houses/offices aren’t numbered





    * The Business Model: Charging Delivery companies a fee per use

    * The challenge of developing mobile technology for individuals that have never used a smartphone or computer and how they worked with Motorbike deliverymen to refine their product



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    Great Quotes

    [bctt tweet=”When #investors come to #Kenya the first place they go is @ihub #podcast w @WesChege”]

    [bctt tweet=”How a lost delivery driver lead @WesChege to ponder location services – #Podcast w @letsokhi”]

    [bctt tweet=”#Podcast The most challenging part of @LetsOkHi making it work for my mom & low tech users”]

    [bctt tweet=”How @LetsOkHi tested their product with Motorbike delivery men during development “]

    Mentioned :



    * Pivot East

    * Demo Africa

    * Start Up Grind Nairobi 

    * HumanIPO

    * TechMoran

    * iHub

    * Duma Works (Job Matching)

    * Timbo’s Twitter:@timwiththebo

    * Kopo Kopo (FinTech)

    * Yum Kenya (Food Start Up)

    * M-Farm

    * Cellulant 

    * Seven Seas Technology 



    Contact Name or Company:



    * Twitter: @Letsokhi

    * OkHi’s Website

    * Wes’s Twitter: @WesChege  

    • 50 min
    Health Care Access in Kenya – Penda Health – Ep 013

    Health Care Access in Kenya – Penda Health – Ep 013

    The image above shows the opening of a Penda Health Clinic.

    This episode is part of a podcast series called “Entrepreneurs & Economic Development” talking to entrepreneurs using business and technology to solve problems at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Listen to the interview by clicking play above. 

          

    Subscribe with iTunes for iPhone or Stitcher for Android.

    Today’s Guest

    Stephanie Koczela is the co-founder of Penda Health, a Kenyan company providing high quality affordable health services around Nairobi.

    You will learn:



    * How a paper on maternal health in Kenya sparked the interest of an American exchange student in Nairobi that blossomed years later into Penda Health

    * From Conversation to Clinic in 6 months : The birth of Penda Health

    * Piloting 101: Open good clinics, be nice to people, see if patients come

    * 3 Key Customer Service Factors:



    * a Smile

    * a Balloon (for Kids)

    * Greet all customers like you would your grandmother





    * Impact Investing, Patient Capital & Crowdfunding

    * Running a clinic starts with a landlord, replacing plumbing and electrical and ends with keeping your staff and customers happy

    * How to pick a clinic location



    * 1) Density

    * 2) Insurance Levels

    * 3) Ability to pay

    * 4) Great landlords!





    * Stephanie’s wish : A weigh scale that can stand up to difficult African conditions and high use

    * Stephanie’s Nairobi Gems:



    * Nairobi West – South C (Chicken Roasters – Outdoor Area)

    * Awash – Ethiopian Restaurant







    Great Quotes

    [bctt tweet=”2 Main factors in choosing to deliver in hospital in #kenya – Economics & User Experience @PendaHealth”]

    [bctt tweet=”Average #Kenyan clinic sees 30 patients/day, we see 50-60 – @PendaHealth”]

    [bctt tweet=”How a balloon and a #smile are helping change the face of Kenyan #medical clinics – @PendaHealth”]

    [bctt tweet=”Greet the customer like you would your #grandmother- @PendaHealth #customercare”]

    Mentioned :



    * Kiva

    * IPIHD

    * IFC & Goodlife Pharmacies Article

    * Maliki Afya 

    * Bloomberg Article on Nairobi Social Ventures 

    * Book Tip: Crucial Conversations 



    Contact info for Stephanie and Penda Health:



    * Penda Health’s Twitter: @PendaHealth

    * Nick Sowden’s Twitter (co-founder): @nicksowden21

    * Penda Health’s Website 

    • 51 min
    How data is changing financial inclusion – inVenture – Ep012

    How data is changing financial inclusion – inVenture – Ep012

    The image above shows inVenture’s product in action in Kenya.

    This episode is part of a podcast series called “Entrepreneurs & Economic Development” talking to entrepreneurs using business and technology to solve problems at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Listen to the interview by clicking play above. 

          

    Subscribe with iTunes for iPhone or Stitcher for Android.

    Contest Details: Click here for information on how to enter to win a FREE electronic copy of Ken Bank’s Book. Active until May 6, 2015.

    Today’s Guest

    Ami Gosalia, Head of Growth at inVenture a financial inclusion company that uses data to create risk profiles among the world’s poorest.

    You will learn:



    * How a background in international development and financial economics led Ami to inVenture

    * 3 Changes in Microfinance Risk Assessment in the last 5 years :



    * Smartphones

    * Mobile Money

    * Relationship/Online Data





    * The importance of immediate access to capital in Emerging Markets and how inVenture uses 10,000 data points to assess risk in under 3 minutes!

    * How data and mobile payments could benefit millions of Americans

    * Tips on working with start-ups and starting a career with a social venture

    * How education and marketing are intertwined in emerging markets

    * Ami’s favourite meal when visiting Kenya



    Great Quotes

    [bctt tweet=”Everyday I get to work on something that can change a #life – @amigosalia”]

    [bctt tweet=”The missing #microfinance piece – low cost risk assessment – @inVenture”]

    [bctt tweet=”Financial inclusion is not just capital, it’s also #education – @inVenture #SocInv”]

    [bctt tweet=”2.5 to 4 Billion people are #un/underbanked – lacking #financial identities – @inVenture”]

    [bctt tweet=”#Credit card penetration in #Kenya is 1% – @inVenture”]

    Mentioned :



    * Portfolios of the poor (Book Recommendation)

    * Blog Post Ami mentioned (“On building something people want“)

    * SOCAP – San Francisco

    * Mohammed Yunus

    * ACCION

    * Grameen Bank 

    * UNFPA

    * Chris Sacca Article 

    * CGAP



    Contact Ami or inVenture:



    * Twitter: @inVenture 

    * Ami’s Twitter: @amigosalia

    • 48 min
    The Mobile Frontier with Ken Banks – Ep011

    The Mobile Frontier with Ken Banks – Ep011

    This episode is part of a podcast series called “Entrepreneurs & Economic Development” talking to entrepreneurs using business and technology to solve problems at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Listen to the interview by clicking play above. 

          

    Subscribe with iTunes for iPhone or Stitcher for Android.

    Today’s Guest

    Ken Banks is an emerging market mobile technology evangelist, conceptualizing and building FrontlineSMS a product that is used to deliver information to millions of people. Recently Ken wrote “The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator” and has a new project Means of Exchange.

    Contest Information

    As mentioned during the podcast Ken has graciously offered 3 electronic copies of his book The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator to listeners of Entrepreneurs and Economic Development. The contest runs from now until Wednesday May 6, 2015. Winners will be contacted and announced on an upcoming episode. To enter the contest:

    1) Provide a review on iTunes or Stitcher (Click here for instructions) using your name or Twitter handle.

    2) Sign up for Ryan Fetterly’s monthly newsletter ‘Inside Emerging Markets’

    Bonus: Tweet a link to this episode and tag @Fetterly_BC along with @Kiwanja for an additional entry!

    You will learn:



    * How Ken went from teaching himself how to program Commodore Pet computers to developing software that is in use in over 170 countries

    * The stories behind Ken’s 3 Major Achievements (FrontlineSMS, The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator and Means of Exchange)

    * How a social anthropological lens has helped Ken view problems and create solutions

    * How building a Ugandan School, a Nigerian Ape Sanctuary and a broken leg led to Ken becoming a global leader in emerging market mobile

    * How Ken convinced Stanford to accept FrontlineSMS after being initially rejected, a catalyst in his career



    Great Quotes

    [bctt tweet=”40% of Kenya’s #GDP transfers via #mobilemoney – @Kiwanja”]

    [bctt tweet=”#Entrepreneur Advice: Don’t think about what you don’t have – @Kiwanja”]

    [bctt tweet=”People were laughing when I started working with #Mobile phones in #development – @Kiwanja”]

    [bctt tweet=”How to start a #career in Social #Innovation? #1 Travel #2 Look at International Development @Kiwanja”]

    [bctt tweet=”@FrontlineSMS has become the #Outlook of SMS for many organizations – @Kiwanja”]

    [bctt tweet=”@MeansofExchange is using #technology to make more meaningful local connections – @Kiwanja”]

    Mentioned :



    * Means of Exchange

    * FrontlineSMS

    * a rel="NOFOLLOW" href="http://www.amazon.

    • 58 min

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