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Skoll World Forum

KickStart

Martin Fisher and Nick Moon founded Appropriate Technologies for Enterprise Creation (ApproTEC) in 1991 and renamed it KickStart in 2005. The organization promotes sustainable economic growth and employment by developing and promoting technologies that can be used to run profitable small-scale enterprises. Working in developing countries in Africa, KickStart introduced low-cost, human-powered irrigation pumps that enable farmers to grow more crops and sell produce in the dry season, when prices are high and supply is low. Since its inception, KickStart has helped farmers start 36,000 new businesses in Kenya, Tanzania and Mali that collectively generate more than $38 million in new profits and wages per year. The new revenues are equivalent to 0.5 percent and 0.2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product of Kenya and Tanzania, respectively. Skoll funding will help KickStart strengthen its operations, develop two new products and reach 50,000 more clients.
Martin Fisher and Nick Moon founded Appropriate Technologies for Enterprise Creation (ApproTEC) in 1991 and renamed it KickStart in 2005. The organization promotes sustainable economic growth and employment by developing and promoting technologies...
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