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A solution to open fire cooking – Dazin – Ep016

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The image above shows a town meeting with Dazin’s product the “Fuel Cookie” lower centre.

This episode is part of a podcast series called “Entrepreneurs & Economic Development” talking to entrepreneurs using business and technology to solve problems at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Listen to the interview by clicking play above. 

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Today’s Guest – Deepak Ashwani, Dazin

Deepak Ashwani, CEO and Founder of Dazin an organization looking to solve the issue of open cooking fires in Bhutan. Deepak goes into how a combination of travels in his native India and a masters degree in Europe combined to provide the inspiration to form Dazin.

You will learn:

  • Cooking has 2 essential elements, the stove and the fuel. Dazin focus’s on the fuel portion.
  • All 8 original Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were affected by open fire cooking
  • 3 Billion people are using open fire cooking, many still use the “Three stone method”
  • Most Efficient BOP Stoves: Gasifier stoves, they are even smokeless!
  • How Deepak selected Bhutan? If his model could work in mountains, it could work anywhere!
  • Their product, the fuel cookie is made of densified wood waste. This makes it both affordable and sustainable.
  • Their Business Model: Rural households bring biomass and receive fuel cookies for a % of the mass collected, urban households buy pellets at nearby shops.

One of my favourite points raised in the episode was about expansion. Customers approaching Dazin and asking “When are you starting in our village?” Definitely the mark of a product in demand!

Great Quotes

If you want to challenge yourself and learn a lot, get outside your comfort zone - @DazinBhutan Click To Tweet Smoke Inhalation is killing 8 people per minute - @DazinBhutan Click To Tweet Fun Fact Bhutan is one of the highest wood fuel consumers per capita globally - @DazinBhutan Click To Tweet Bhutanese law states 60% of land should be covered by forest - @DazinBhutan #eco Click To Tweet

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Kamworks

Solar in the Khmer Kingdom – Kamworks – Ep010

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The image above shows a Kamworks Solar Home System (SHS) in action.

This episode is part of a podcast series called “Entrepreneurs & Economic Development” talking to entrepreneurs using business and technology to solve problems at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Listen to the interview by clicking play above. 

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Today’s Guest

Jeroen Verschelling, the Co-Founder and Chairman of Kamworks a renewable energy solutions provider based in Cambodia. Kamworks assembles and distributes branded solar products throughout Cambodia.

You will learn:

  • How a Dutch renewable energy consultant started a solar company in South East Asia
  • How a Mobile Money Partnership with Wing, a PAYG Solar Home System(SHS) and Kiva allows Kamworks to extend credit
  • A description of Kamworks’ PAYG Solar Home System
  • Differences between the African solar market and the Cambodian solar market
  • The human centred design story of dutch university students in Cambodian villages developing their ‘Moonlight’ product and winning participatory design awards
  • Changes in the Cambodian Energy market with new hydro dams and other energy projects coming online

Great Quotes

What did people say when you started a solar business in Cambodia? They thought we were crazy!… Click To Tweet The Cambodian solar market - from car batteries to renewable energy with @Kamworks Click To Tweet The Trick to Cambodian Marketing - Great Word of Mouth @Kamworks Click To Tweet

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Proximity Designs

Design that changes Lives – Proximity Designs – Ep 009

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The image above shows Proximity Designs staff developing new products.

This episode is part of a podcast series called “Entrepreneurs & Economic Development” talking to entrepreneurs using business and technology to solve problems at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Listen to the interview by clicking play above. 

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Today’s Guest

Jim Taylor, the Co-Founder and Chief Executive (CEO) of Proximity Designs a Burmese company that designs and distributes products to increase earning potential and improve livelihoods for the worlds poorest.

You will learn:

  • How a job in Mississippi started Jim’s international social venture career
  • The History of Proximity Designs
  • How agriculture pumps and livestock loans can change lives
  • Developing an international corporate culture in an Emerging Market
  • Managing distribution and regional staff in a rapidly changing Burma
  • Fun Question: Jim’s favourite vacation destination in Burma

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You exist to serve a customer @ProximityDesign #Tech4Dev Click To Tweet Myanmar is experiencing an uncorking of potential @ProximityDesign #SocEnt Click To Tweet The difference between a company and an NGO: After-sales service #Impact Click To Tweet

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