Business start-up kits for locals

2016-05-26 06:00
 About 25 participants took part in the workshop

About 25 participants took part in the workshop

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Home Innovation Labs, a non governmental organisation which focuses on community sustainability projects, has launched a youth-focused entrepreneurship programme in Gugulethu, with support from Schneider Electric’s Access to Energy Programme.

A full-day training worskshop was held at the Ikapa Arts Centre, Bonga Primary School in Gugulethu last week.

The introductory workshop on entrepreneurship and energy efficiency was attended by aspiring entrepreneurs and curious adults from and around Gugulethu.

The purpose of the workshop, according to Methuli Mbanjwa, the Project Founder as “tTo provide useful and practical tools to young people that they can use to start their own businesses or use the knowledge in their existing businesses.

The workshop was aimed at meeting that long-term objective through enterprise development initiative.

In addition to the entrepreneurship, it was specifically designed to give exposure about energy efficiency and renewable energies to the community,”.

Schneider Electric was invited to contribute to the training and donation of energy efficiency products.

Scheider Electric agreed to support the training through a workshop which focused on the trainers and participants.

There were about 25 participants from Gugulethu and other areas.

The workshop, which was run in an open format, was engaging and rich in content from the facilitator, as well as insights from the shared experiences.

While the main topic was electricity, energy efficiency and cost saving, the focus was on young people finding gaps in all kinds of markets and addressing a need through an enterprise.
Currently, the household energy space presents a great opportunity for starting a business, which would address the various needs such lack of access to energy, rising electricity costs as well as growing awareness of energy efficiency and using renewable energy sources.

The presentation was enthusiastically received by participants who were given information on the background to energy environment of South Africa, basics of starting and operating a business, energy efficiency products and the roles of such in the homes.

Adeline Maleka, Business Development Manager at Schneider Electric and workshop facilitator, said: “We do this under the Business, Innovation and People at the Base of the Pyramid.

“In essence, this is part of our world-wide programme, which focuses on supporting the promotion of access to energy, building solutions and models, and to train young people in energy management.

“We have been in discussion with Home Innovation Labs for two years and we are happy to have the workshop finally happen as an initial part of our sponsorship and support, we can move forward from here on,” said Maleka.

for supporting our initiative. The day was great success and we will build on it.”


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