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Success Story: 2 Years and 4,000 Pumps Later
03 09 2012

Established in 2005, Ideas for Work (IaW) is a social enterprise producing and selling manual water pumps for the benefit of the people living in the poorest socio-economic group in Cambodia. Currently, IaW is transforming from an NGO (non profit) into a sustainable social enterprise in order to achieve their goal: to be economically self-sufficient...

2013 Ashden Awards: Global Green Energy Awards Announces Calls for Entries
30 08 2012

  BiD Network was thrilled to learn about Barefoot Power being part of 2012 Ashden Awards winners. This year again, we support the world’s leading green energy awards scheme and we invite BiD Network entrepreneurs to submit their entries for 2013 Ashden Awards. These Awards uncover the most exciting sustainable energy enterprises from across the...

Thermosun awarded grant from Argentina’s government to develop their technology and market
13 06 2012

Christian Navntoft is an environmental engineer. He founded Thermosun and he has developed a patented portable solar device to heat water with solar energy and hot water storage. This device is particularly convenient for outdoor activities such as camping, fishing and hiking. In Argentina alone about 10 million people participate in outdoor activities during which...

Ambientalmente and the 100% Colombian Pectin project – 5 years later and still growing
23 02 2012

Ambientalmente is one of the BiD Challenge 2006 winners. Back then, Alberto Mejía Restrepo - one of the founders - presented the project ‘100% Colombian Pectin’. The proposal was to reduce waste in the coffee industry by generating pectin, a highly sought-after product in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry but 100% imported in Colombia....

Success Story: Turning Waste Management Into Health and Employment
16 11 2011

Solid waste management has been the greatest public health threat in Liberian cities. During years of conflict, residents of capital city Monrovia lived without any formal garbage collection and disposal system. Aside from institutional initiatives, local private actors have been building social and sustainable businesses to create a clean and healthy environment for the Liberians....

Success Story: LMI Development Holdings – A Team of Owners
07 11 2011

Owner of 2 growing companies in Uganda, Peter K. Kulaba is ready to “pursue his creative gift” again and develop a third business: LMI Development Holdings. His secret? Get “good people united in a common cause, each with a role”. Peter has a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Makerere University in Kampala,...

Success Story: Interview with Cathelijne Lania, A Beautiful Story
29 09 2011

In 2005, Cathelijne Lania won the BiD Challenge for Safe Silver, a sustainable silver factory in Nepal. Since then, Safe Silver has grown and become A Beautiful Story, a jewelry company that combines stories of talented producers, craftsmen and craftswomen with great skills all around the world. Read more about her lessons learned and tips...

Interview with entrepreneur Marianne Olano, Baycrafts
30 06 2011

Marianne Olano started Baycrafts, her jewelry company based in the Philippines in 2005. She won the ING retail prize at the Growing SMEs competition in 2010. After the refreshing and moving speech she gave at BiD Challenge Philippines in May 2011, we wanted to share her inspirational story and wisdom with you. BiD Network: Tell...

Success Story: Biosima, an ecological solution for fish farming
03 06 2011

Given the population growth and depletion of natural sources of fish and crustaceans, aquatic food production in captivity, or also called aquaculture, is emerging as a potential alternative to provide quality food to humanity. It is, therefore, the fastest growing sector in the food industry. The main difficulty and higher costs (approx. 50% of total)...

Success Story: Nazava – Clean Water, a Growing Challenge
06 05 2011

Millions of people have no access to safe drinking water from the tap. These people have to buy water of boil water in order to drink it. That is way the poor pay more for their water than the rich. Increasing water scarcity is likely to make this issue ever more pressing especially in cities...