How SafeBoda used partnerships to provide essential services

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Covid-19 lockdowns have caused a significant reduction in public transportation services to stop the spread of the virus, presenting a huge challenge for those whose business relies on supplying affordable and safe mobility services. Shell Foundation has supported SafeBoda since 2015. Modernising informal travel in East Africa, the ride hailing app brings together a community…

How SMV is leading the charge for e-vehicles in India

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Founded in 2015, SMV Green Solutions (SMV) has been pioneering the growth of the e-rickshaw sector in India, enabling sustainable development outcomes for low income communities, women and the environment, as well as demonstrating the business case to accelerate EV adoption beyond metropolitan cities. This new learning report looks at how, with SF and DFID…

GroFin’s response to Covid-19

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Shell Foundation are proud of the diverse ways in which our partners have stepped up during this crisis. In its recent newsletter, SF’s long-standing partner GroFin outlined a number of initiatives they have initiated to help their SME clients during Covid-19. These initiatives include: Developed a Covid-19 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) framework drawing on international…

The continued investment case for mobility start-ups

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The mobility service sector has been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 crisis, with extended lockdowns preventing businesses providing transport of people and goods. A new article published on The City Fix website however, demonstrates the opportunities contained within mobility start-ups’ business pivots and highlights the increased understanding of the value of more resilient, cleaner,…

S4S Technologies wins Energy and Livelihoods Award in 2020 Ashden Awards

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SF partner S4S Technologies has been recognised by the prestigious Ashden Awards 2020. India based organisation S4S was presented with the Energy and Livelihoods Award for its innovative solar dryers which cut food waste and support women entrepreneurs.  The patented solar conduction dryers can dehydrate a wide range of harvested crops, including fruit, vegetables, grains and spices, with minimal…

How SMV Green Solutions is addressing C-19

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SMV Green Solutions (SMV) has been an SF partner since 2015 and works to provide safe, clean and affordable sustainable mobility solutions. Through its “Project Vahini” programme – supported by DFID – SMV also promotes gender inclusion and has so far helped over 70 women e-rickshaw drivers become owners of their own vehicle. The C-19…

Looking beyond SDG7: wider socioeconomic benefits of off-grid solar

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840 million people worldwide still lack access to energy, the majority of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. Off-grid solar is playing a key role in helping to lower this number — by end 2019, 280 million people had enjoyed an improved electricity access thanks to an off-grid solar source.[1] To do this, we commissioned Altai…

Lessons from HelloSolar’s integrated distribution/mobile money model in Ethiopia

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In August 2019 we promoted early pilot findings on the launch of HelloSolar, a new enterprise established with co-funding with the UK government and USAID that sought to integrate a new Pay-As-You-Go solar business with an existing mobile money operator in Ethiopia. Early positive business results and high satisfaction levels among new customers saw us…

Easy Matatu supports key workers during Covid-19

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SF partner Easy Matatu, one of the earliest stage companies in our portfolio, has eagerly risen to the Covid-19 relief effort challenge. Easy Matatu is reforming the existing, informal minibus-taxis (known as “matatus”) industry by building a community of trusted matatu drivers and a fleet of clean and safe vehicles to provide first-rate transportation to…

S4S Tech providing vital food supplies to rural India

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The current global pandemic has significantly reduced access to basic necessities. In rural India there is daily pressure to find reliable food supplies. S4S Technologies installs solar powered dehydrators at farm level to convert fruit and vegetables into dehydrated products. Operating across the entire value chain, S4S significantly reduces post-harvest loss and assures that revenue…