Digital Agents for Energy+ Project – Kakuma, Kenya
The Digital Agents for Energy+ (Digital Agents) pilot project seeks to create job opportunities for refugee and host community youths and support the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the marketing and sales of household energy solutions in Kakuma and Kalobeyei, Turkana West Sub-county, Turkana County, Kenya. The pilot is targeting twenty-five refugee and host community youths who will become agents and five SMEs who will be the wholesalers of the energy products supplied by Total and BioLite, private sector energy companies.
This pilot brings together actors such as NRC, a humanitarian, displacement-focused organization operating in Kakuma, the International Trade Centre (ITC), a trade development organization of the United Nations and World Trade Organization, and MasterCard, a company that specializes in digital payment solutions. These three organizations have worked in close coordination for the implementation of the project, with NRC and ITC being responsible for the delivery of the overall project. While the current focus of the pilot is on energy solutions with a geographic focus of Kakuma and Kalobeyei, the ambition is to diversify the product base to include other energy-related or high potential value chains following a market assessment and learnings taken from implementation of the current pilot.
Specific support we are looking for
• Support for expansion of the model to other products such as cooking gas, electronics and viable value chains such as vegetable farming/poultry keeping etc. We shall leverage on the success of supplier, wholesaler and agent business model. Example: supporting farmers within the camps to grow crops and linking with agents to supply directly to households not forgetting technology (Like a customer orders product from the farm and the agent supplies what is ordered through a mobile app)
Please get in touch if you can support!
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