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Abby Mackey replied to member's discussion How can we scale distribution and sales networks that create opportunities at the BoP?
"Mobile payments are a great way to streamline payment and decrease risk though in some countries the fees for mobile money outweigh the benefits. "
Dec 8, 2016

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Abby Mackey replied to member's discussion How can we scale distribution and sales networks that create opportunities at the BoP?
"In terms of micro-credit, I think far too often many organizations take this on without fully comprehending the resources, internal structures and risk management this type of system requires. We started with a micro-consignment model but found that…"
Dec 8, 2016

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Abby Mackey replied to member's discussion How can we scale distribution and sales networks that create opportunities at the BoP?
"Well there are two things here (1) recruitment of staff and (2) recruitment of entrepreneurs. Our staff need to be able to fully support entrepreneurs when it comes to business training, leadership development, product supply, customer care, and…"
Dec 8, 2016

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Abby Mackey replied to member's discussion How can we scale distribution and sales networks that create opportunities at the BoP?
"I think one big challenge is cultivating local leadership and skills that can support these businesses. Historically, investment in a qualified workforce in developing countries (especially from what we have seen in areas like Uganda) has nowhere…"
Dec 8, 2016

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Abby Mackey replied to member's discussion How can we scale distribution and sales networks that create opportunities at the BoP?
"Most Solar Sister entrepreneurs were informal entrepreneurs in some capacity before, mainly selling crops, baskets, soaps, etc. We are talking very small scale here (typically they do not have actual store structures or permanent selling areas). So…"
Dec 8, 2016

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Abby Mackey replied to member's discussion How can we scale distribution and sales networks that create opportunities at the BoP?
"Interesting! That sounds similar to what we are doing at Solar Sister. Rural last mile communities in areas like Tanzania typically do not have ease of access when it comes to purchasing solar lighting and cookstoves. So our women run businesses go…"
Dec 8, 2016

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Abby Mackey replied to member's discussion How can we scale distribution and sales networks that create opportunities at the BoP?
"Well Solar Sister is one example. We are building a clean energy last mile distribution chain that is made up of women run businesses in Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania. Women make up the majority of the rural energy poor market in sub-Saharan Africa…"
Dec 8, 2016

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Abby Mackey replied to member's discussion How can we scale distribution and sales networks that create opportunities at the BoP?
"Hello everyone,  My name is Abby Mackey and I am the Grants and Impact Manager for Solar Sister. Previously, I was at USAID working on the Power Africa program. Happy to be here today!"
Dec 8, 2016

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Job Title
Grants and Impact Manager
Organisation
Solar Sister
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Website:
http://solarsister.org
About my work:
Solar Sister is the world's leading social enterprise in eradicating energy poverty across sub-Saharan Africa through women-run solar and clean cooking businesses. Solar Sister has built a network of over 2,800 clean energy entrepreneurs in Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Topics on my radar:
Enterprise Development, Environment, Inclusive Business Models, Social Enterprise, Women and Business

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