SERVICES & INFORMATICS
Service provision with or without the use of digital innovations can affect all aspects of life, Especially in East and West Africa, digital development plays a decisive role for the innovative potential of society. Young entrepreneurs use new technologies to develop solutions that can have a significant impact on people's daily lives, for example by improving medical care or opportunities for education, by opening new sales channels for small-scale farmers or by harnessing solar energy and making financial services available to more people.
In climate action, alternative sources of energy represent ecologically sound uses by reducing logging and unhealthy use habits in daily life. Accessibility of these sources enrich the lifestyles of local people in terms of, among other things, length of time for children to expand their learning opportunities and avoidance of harmful combustibles in the preparation of meals. Larger-scale application in village communities offers the population the opportunity to develop economic activities.
Through microcredit, for example, we enable farmers and entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries to develop their activities. Regular credit from traditional banks is usually not feasible for them. Moreover, through financing we not only give these entrepreneurs and their families a better future, but also the people who work for them and the local traders/suppliers they work with. Through B2B projects, Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs directly invests in promising entrepreneurs who do not have access to the "missing link" of financing, above the ceilings of microfinance and below the limits of banks (amounts between €10,000 and €100,000).
AGRICULTURE & FOOD INDUSTRY
People who provide our food often suffer the most hunger themselves. This is because they are not fairly paid for their work and, especially in the case of African farmers, also because of the difficult conditions in which they have to work. Yet they are the key to a sustainable solution to the food shortage. Poor soils, low availability of seeds and auxiliary materials and poor access to markets make survival difficult in this sector. By uniting through cooperatives, among others, and working to adapt techniques and diversify their activities, farmers can take their lives into their own hands. The processing of agricultural and horticultural products into a variety of nutritious end products help local people richly supplement their diets. Customized marketing through various distribution channels helps them in scaling up and improving their income.
The extent to which a country is industrialized has a direct impact on the average income of its inhabitants. Moreover, industrialization contributes to technological evolution and overall development of a region. Manufacturing and services are both dynamic sectors that create considerable added value for consumers. Therefore, Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs believes that investing in these sectors can be a turning point for start-ups and their environment.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Quality education is the foundation for development. It not only helps people get out of poverty, but contributes to greater (gender) equality and a more peaceful society. Although basic education has improved significantly worldwide, there are still too many children, especially girls, who cannot go to school. That is why Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs supports training programs that promote the technical and personal development of youth and adults in low- and middle-income countries.
RECYCLING & CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Recycling primarily aims to reduce waste production and reduce pollution to improve living conditions in climate mitigation. The circular economy goes further by processing the waste into new marketable end products. The approach consists in the thought process of extending the durability of products or processing them into new useful products for other purposes. In addition, new economic models are developing that support circularity. This line of thinking can bring numerous benefits, such as lower environmental impact, greater certainty about the availability of raw materials, the development of innovative solutions and the creation of local jobs.
No one survives without proper water systems and sanitation. Water is also an important element in the production of food, energy and goods. Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs realizes that without sustainable technologies and reliable infrastructure, local entrepreneurship is not possible. Therefore, Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs invests in improved access to water for agriculture, drinking water and sanitation.