Meet CIS in Copenhagen Next Week!

Next week, CIS will be presenting our ideas on solar energy system for schools in Africa, in the biggest startup and innovation summit in Scandinavia, TechBBQ. It is another good chance for you – either job seekers, or investors to come up and speak with us! A huge event like this is often time the best place to meet likely-minded people, and to drum …

We Now Have a LinkedIn Page!

For years, CIS has been focusing 100% on our ground operations, making sure our partner schools chart the right way towards self-sustainability. As we have slowly expanded our operations to having 10+ schools under our pipeline, there are more work to be done. This week, CIS is happy to announce the launch of our LinkedIn page! Apart from weekly blog post …

The Journey to Fixing Climate Change

Last week, our founder Yang represented S4S in the Climate Launchpad national final in Norway and has been selected as one of the 2 winners. In Nov, Yang will present S4S with other national winners from 50 countries in the global final in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is a crucial step towards making solar energy affordable and accessible for schools in developing settings, …

10 days left of our 6-month pilot of Solar4Schools

Last summer, CIS’s management team visited Kenya, to review our business operations and explore partnership opportunities. By chance, we discovered that, Kenyan schools are spending a substantial part of their money just to power up their schools – with the expense ratio even higher than some European schools! After a 6-month research encompassing 122 interviews with stakeholders at different Kenyan schools, …

Electricity in Tanzania: A Luxury for Most

At present, 36% of households in Tanzania have access to electricity, reserving reliable and efficient electricity supply for the comparatively wealthy. Despite having ample energy resources such as wind, solar, tidal, biomass and other renewable sources of energy and an abundance of coal, Tanzania has struggled to provide grid-power to the majority of the country. In fact, Tanzania produces more electricity …

First Month as CIS Marketing and Strategy Intern: A Rewarding and Exciting Experience

Nayantara (London School of Economics and Political Science) For the past month, I have been working as the marketing and strategy intern at CIS. I chose this opportunity for the independence and responsibility it involves and to learn more about development initiatives in East Africa. In particular, as a student of International Relations, I was keen to understand how various …

CIS Host Visitors from Around the World

This week, CIS was fortunate to host leading members from the health, technology, education, and film industries on a visit to one of our partner schools in Kenya. We invited Wanbing Gu, a research coordinator at the Global Health Research Center of Duke Kunshan University and one of the members of the group, to express some thoughts on the impact …

We Make Sure All Our Money are Well-Spent

At CIS, we make sure that over 90% of our expenditures go directly to running our programs on the ground. In 2018, we invested 55% of expenses directly into our agriculture program materials, covering the costs for utilities and equipment such as shovels, fertilizers, fungicide, and various types of plants. A further 41% went to our ground team to help …

Getting Help Along the Way

Supported by Venture Cup Denmark, CIS has been assigned a product expert, Mads Wraa Hytte, as mentor to move forward with the development of our automated solar system.  With over 10 years of solar product development experience, Mads will be advising CIS on how to build a product suitable for schools in Kenya. The first 3 advisory sessions have already …