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Energy Entrepreneurs

Energy Entrepreneurs

Elephant Energy identifies, recruits, trains and supports individuals living in off grid communities to become Sales Agents.  These entrepreneurs are then able to sell throughout their community.   This not only allows the entrepreneurs added income for household expenses, but allows our work to reach into communities that would not otherwise be able to access any form of clean energy.

Mobile Sales Team:

The Mobiles Sales Team is a new initiative for Elephant Energy.  It was established to increase sales by bringing products and services to communities that are not currently reached by our entrepreneurs. This approach is based on more formal and direct engagement with the community, in-partnership with community leaders.

Mobile Sales Teams are comprised of existing Entrepreneurs.  They, with the help of Elephant Energy staff, set appointments with influential members of the community such as headmen/head-women or village development committees (VDC). The Mobile Sales Team meets with these important people to discuss their shared mission of eliminating energy poverty in the community and the importance of ensuring every household without electricity has access to the products that meet their energy needs.

The Mobile Sales team then returns to present the ideas to the greater community. During this meeting the mobile sales team introduces EE products and services, answers questions, and makes sales to interested customers. The team can then note which community members did not purchase a light and follow up with them individually to make additional sales.

The Mobile Sales Team focus at the community level in the hope that they are able to reach further and further off the asphalt road to reach the communities that no one else can.

Meet Evelina Shaningwa–  Evelina has been working with Elephant Energy in the Oshana region since 2013.  She uses her added income from the sale of solar products to pay her children’s school related fees and improve her business.  She has also been able to become a trusted and respected member of her community as she allows access to light and communication where before there was none.

Meet Anna Simbulu – Anna is Elephant Energy’s longest serving sales agent and has been with us since the beginning.  She has been able to make Elephant Energy sales her primary source of income, operating her own market stall at the Katima Open Market. She has not only increased the demand for Elephant Energy products throughout the Zambezi region but has been able to dramatically improve her own standard of living.

2016 EE Entrepreneur Program was a Success!

134 EE Entrepreneurs participated
Generating a profit ranging from $20 to $2000 per entrepreneur
Earned more than $35,000 of pure profit