Support the expansion of a solar energy social enterprise in rural Malawi.

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a small social enterprise based in Northern Malawi, with a mission to provide last mile energy distribution to consumers at the bottom of the pyramid. Our target market are the typically off-grid, rural, low income consumers who cannot afford to purchase electrical goods, such as those sold by solar aid, and rely on inefficient paraffin lighting or small battery operated torches.

    Our system offers a unique rental model, where consumers can pay per use of equipment such as phone charging, lighting for their home, or fishing lights, with the flexible approach lending itself to many of our consumers hand to mouth lifestyle. This allows these consumers to access high quality electrical equipment for the first time, improving their quality of life and standard of living.

    In order to do this, a small scale solar system is set up and run from a local school, acting as a rental Hub. Whilst offering affordable energy access for the local community, the Hub also provides free lighting for the school, allowing children to study at night for the first time, as well as the creation of a community development fund from the profits of the business.

    We operate close collaborations with the local schools, forming partnerships to run the operations of the business. Each Headteacher and Deputy Head is required to take ownership and responsibility for the project, supported by both our agents on site, as well as the knowledge and expertise of our project manager from our base nearby.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Charity Work

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Helping here provides a culturally enriching, unique experience.

    You will work hand in hand with our able project manager, a local Malawian who has extensive experience working with solar energy.

    Our project is based in the picturesque Nhkata Bay. Sitting on the shore of the huge Lake Malawi, its population is located within a collection of settlements of varying sizes. The town relies mainly on fishing and farming as their primary income. Tourism has also brought business as well as a cheerful vibe, with its population very welcoming and eager to offer help to passing travellers. Working with us will enable you to blend the vibrant Nkhata Bay with experiences of rural communities where our project operates. These communities are often just 10-15 minutes drive from Nkhata Bay, but offer a stark difference.

    Here you will have the opportunity to work closely with local schools and their staff to analyse the development of the business, what has gone well and any areas for improvement. You will be able to meet with the local village chiefs to gain feedback on the enterprise and attend community meetings throughout your stay. The villages are all welcoming and grateful for the developments brought, and during the placement you will be able to interact with a wide range of locals from varying backgrounds, gaining an in depth understanding of how a business can support the development of a community and the local cultures and hardships faced on a daily basis.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for able, passionate individuals to support the growth and development of a small social enterprise in rural Malawi.

    We were set up 3 years ago in order to distribute last mile solar energy to consumers at the bottom of the pyramid. Our target market are typically off-grid, rural, communities who cannot afford to purchase electrical goods, and rely on inefficient paraffin lighting or small battery operated torches.

    Our system offers a unique rental model where consumers can pay per use of equipment such as phone charging, lighting for their home, or fishing lights from our centralised hub, based at a local school. This allows these consumers to access high quality electrical equipment for the first time, improving their quality of life and standard of living. Additionally, a percentage of the profits are reinvested into the community that we work with, supporting of each community that we operate.

    Supporting our able project manager in his day to day duties, your main responsibilities will include reporting on progress to our team in the UK, visiting our Hubs in surrounding communities ensuring the effective running of the business, and carrying out research and impact analysis of local communities.

    The job is flexible depending on business needs, with the expectation of an average of 4 days a week, both field and office based.

    You will be based at lodge in Nkhata Bay who have donated accommodation and 2 meals a day in order to support the project but you will also spend sometime "in the field".

    If the opportunity to work in a fast paced start-up environment to support the development and expansion of solar energy and an innovative social enterprise excites you then please get in touch.

    Minimum 6 week placement.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Lodge accommodation at local lodge, with 2 meals provided per day.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Lake Malawi offers the perfect backdrop to your stay with us.

    You will be ably looked after my Gilbert and Dixon at a local lodge who provide a comfortable and friendly base for our work. Nkhata Bay is just a short walk away, past various market stalls where you can purchase unique carvings and paintings made by local craftsmen.

    In your spare time, make the most of the pristine beach on your doorstep and take a swim in the fresh water lake, or head down to Aqua Africa where you can make the most of their notorious diving facilities. There are plenty of neighbouring lodges to explore and people to meet, while the canoes and paddle boards for free use at Mayoka Village make for a great day relaxing in this peaceful enviornment.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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