Weekly Updates

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 …

CIS’s Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals

CIS have a demonstrable commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aligns with the core values and objectives of other leading European initiatives. Our Solar4School project provides Kenyan private schools with an eco-friendly mode of energy, while also offers the potential for long-term, stable income through a fully-automated mobile charging system that integrates with M-Pesa scheme. Through channeling …

Leapfrog Training for CIS

A vision will always stay a vision without the help from others. CIS is very fortunate to have Leapfrog Sweden supporting our work for year 2018 and 2019, taking our venture to the next level. In June, management staff from CIS were invited to attend a training session from Leapfrog. With other successful social ventures sharing their journey to impact, …

Selection Round for Solar System Pilot [Kenya]

As CIS is about to complete our selection round of suppliers for Solar4School project, we are opening up spots for our school selection round! CIS will be offering 4 schools the chance to be the first users of our solar energy product. It will not only enable schools to save costs, but will also will also incentivize them to switch to clean energy.  Unlike …

Post Boot Camp Update

As one of the 9 invited start-ups to participate at Climate Launchpad Norway, we are grateful for the networking and business development opportunities. During the intensive 2-day boot-camp, we received professional support from a trainer to further develop our Solar4School program. Moreover, we are excited to begin exploring grounds for collaboration with a solar energy credit service provider. By channeling …