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Keeping on, keeping on

Hi everyone,

It's been a busy week for me. I've made some amazing contacts around the world and have been discussing my vision for mass distribution of solar energy products via partnerships with MFIs. I've been in contact with inventors, MFI consultants and manufacturers. I am getting the sense that the timing is ripe for a major breakthrough. It seems like the convergence of public concern for climate change, increased investment in solar energy research, the Obama administration's support of renewable energy and the proliferation of web 2.0 are putting the dream of solar power for the bottom of the pyramid in reach. With a critical mass signed on to social networks, it has never been easier to identify and connect with relevant thought leaders and decision makers across the globe. It is so incredibly exciting.

I had a wonderfully conversation this week with a woman who founded the Green Microfinance Institute (www.greenmicrofinance.org), which is based in Pennsylvania. The group consults with MFIs and provides training in needs assessment. They are developing a strategic plan for a worldwide rollout of green microfinance programs and will be raising seed funding for programs. I spoke with her about how we might collaborate and we plan to meet in person in June. I received another email today from a gentleman who consults with MFIs in five countries and he's open to talking with me.

I am finding that there are so many great inventions wanting to be distributed to people in need. I believe that the key challenge will be to design efficient strategies for distribution to villages so that everyone can benefit for economies of scale. I believe that the most effective approach will be a collaboration of nonprofits, MFIs, and free enterprise and that free market competition will ultimately lead to better quality products at a lower cost. I am also wondering about the possibility of teaming with corporate partners to piggyback on their existing distribution channels.

Tomorrow morning I have a scheduled call with an engineer from Uganda to exchange ideas. If my four year old daughter doesn't interrupt or rip the phone out of my hand, it promises to be an enlightening exchange.

I'm still mulling around all of these possibilities. I welcome any ideas you may have regarding distribution models or MFI payment plans.

Now, off to bed.

Thanks for listening.

Genice

Comments

Nalubega's picture

Solar project

This is very encouraging, keep on moving on. Thanks for the updates

I just spoke with Tony and suggested that we start working together by putting up a Google talk and collaborating on a plan. It was a little hard to communicate by Skype. The connection was not clear. So I think email and Google docs will be the most productive. Let me know if you would like to receive and contribute to the planning document. I just need your email address.

I've made some very good initial contacts in the US and I am getting very excited about this.

Best,
Genice

Genice Jacobs
Profluence

sunita.basnet's picture

Have a look please.....

Dear Genica,
It's very interesting. I would like to start a conversation about information technology in Nepal if I get permission from you.
Waiting to hear your positive response.
Thanks
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Genice Jacobs's picture

IT in Nepal

Hi Sunita,

Now at least Nepal is a country that I have been to and loved. I visited Nepal (Katmandu and the Annapurna trail) in 1999. Beautiful country and wonderful people. Do you live there now?

I would definitely be interested in speaking with you or if it's easier we can start by corresponding by email.

Best,
Genice
510-530-6687

Genice Jacobs
Profluence

sunita.basnet's picture

Short Information

Dear Genice,
"Namaskar".
Wow! It's great you have been to Nepal and think you know something about our country. I am from Nepal but currently studying in Bangladesh. My home is in eastern part of Nepal which is 500km far from Kathmandu. it's near the border of India. I will be sending you an email in your above mentioned email regarding IT in Nepal.
Thank you so much for your valuable time.
With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

consolata's picture

Really encouraging

Hi Genice,
Our hope is all in you. As you strive hard to make this dream a reality, know many lives will be touched. We pray that you have a break through.
Regards,
Consolata

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