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  The energy team had a cracker of a month. Between trying out the local food (mainly Nsima) and immersing themselves in the local environment, many developments were made. Malawi, is a beautiful country, with so much potential. There is a warm and welcoming community, with enthusiasm to try new things and implement new systems for a better life. The February energy assessment made a major focus on modelling the ModSol business. The majority of the our work was done around Blantyre...

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A major component of the Malawi energy team is endeavouring to figure out a supply chain for which we can cost effectively produce and distribute our ModSol product. We are currently speaking to some incumbents in the solar market, such as Gaftin Mkwaila (refer to Scott Jucius' recent crowdicity post for more)(pictured), to determine the major blocks that must be overcome to consolidate our supply chain. 1) Red tape It is becoming very clear the amount of red tape that is apparent in...

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Whilst getting used to the local Nsima and slowly improving their Chichewa proficiency, the energy team has had a solid first week. The first order of the project was goal setting, and the team decided on setting our vision towards our 3 month goal:   “Sell 50 units of ModSol at a profit margin of 70%”.   Although this is big, hairy and audacious, it is a goal that we need to work towards. Thus, in order to do this, the team has focused on creating a network of...

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Consultancy = Training, Training = Consultancy. Currently, on the Social Consultancy team are focusing on two avenues: Providing tailored business solutions for viable clients and providing education modules to small business owners.  When first trying to formulate our education module, we came up with a lecture/classroom style of trying to provide business training. Country Operations manager Jimmy Baysarri was quick to pick up one a critical point that we weren't paying enough time on:...

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The Social Consultancy team this month has already achieved some great feats, however has run into a number of issues. These issues are based around the feasibility of providing consultancy services in a very unique country. The team faces a significant barrier to providing a consultancy service: culture. When you provide a service, you have to understand the people you are providing that service to, and thus you have to have an in depth understanding of that culture.  After signing a...

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