2022 Quarter 4 Newsletter


We are a non-governmental organization focusing on communities with limited social and economic development in Tanzania. We strive to promote and facilitate innovation, knowledge and transfer and nurture those talents to accelerate technological innovation and commercialization, all while operating and maintaining our core values of collaboration, integrity, accountability, transparency, and teamwork. Let’s look back at the last quarter of 2022, and how we have involved ourselves with the community in our projects

Presenting the findings as well as identification of project beneficiaries: In the last quarter of 2022 we managed to host 3 workshops in 3 district councils that are Same, Babati, and Arusha. Participants in the workshop were 54 entrepreneurs, 27 village chairpersons, 9 WEOs, 9 CDOs, and 9 Extension officers from 9 wards with the most potential among the 15 wards visited in Babati, Same, and Arusha District. The aim of the workshop was to present the results we got from the questionnaire for identification of the technological and energy gaps in a rural community filled by village chairpersons during the field visit for the introduction of project Enhanced integration DRE for productive use in rural areas, funded by DOEN Foundation

Field visit to the entrepreneur’s business sites: We conducted site visits to 56 entrepreneurs where we developed different business cases at each site, which were presented during the workshop. A business case demonstrates the current business situation and it presents a clear picture of the need for the DRE technology solution design that is owned by the end-user

Business Development Services (BDS) awareness: In collaboration with Inherit Your Rights (IYR), an organization that deals with gender, justice, and women empowerment, KAKUTE visited 3 wards namely Mlangarini, Nduruma, and Olmoti wards in Arusha DC to promote innovation and entrepreneurship through our business development service program and we were able to reach 376 community members and most being women


Capacity building: Monitoring the performance of 20 technologies installed for entrepreneurs in Dodoma, Iringa, and Morogoro through the first phase of the project of developing grass root energy innovations for productive use and well-being in rural Tanzania funded by DOEN Foundation. The monitoring was done throughout the year and 15 entrepreneurs in Dodoma were visited for capacity building

Incubation services: Mentorship and capacity building provided to 5 SME’s which are Nextec International Engineers group, Dom Energy design and solution, Tushikamane, Rahisi Innovation and Himam chalks. Most social enterprises agree that sales, together with access to finance and distribution are the key issues they face, together with access to finance and talent. In this case study we share the findings from our work with leading social enterprises to build sustainable rural value chains in the off-grid energy sector over the last two years

Rice Value chain research: We conducted research on the rice value chain in collaboration with our stakeholder Alto Precision (SEMA) from India for the Magugu ward in Babati Manyara and Ndugu ward in Same Kilimanjaro to understand technological gaps where samples were taken from 46 farmers, 6 processors, 4 suppliers of inputs, 12 buyers and sellers of the rice crop. We believe that prioritizing the growth of markets focused on low-income consumers will result in the faster delivery of Sustainable Development Goals, at a lower public cost, and with a more pervasive long-term impact.

South-South Summit: KAKUTE attended an international meeting of various stakeholders in India with the funding of SELCO and DOEN foundation. KAKUTE participated in the Impact failure workshop with SOUTH-SOUTH SUMMIT which was showcasing the main concept of Energy for productive use. The Executive Secretary from KAKUTE was among the panelists on the topic of “Innovation for productive use Equipment – Solar Livelihoods”. These meetings were attended by more than five hundred people of different nationalities. KAKUTE was able to meet more than 20 new stakeholders and network. We hope to start communication to see how we can collaborate with new partners in 2023.

Strategic partners: KAKUTE forms partnerships with public & private actors, sharing resources to tackle some of the community’s pressing issues. These partnerships encourage the incubation of new ideas, demonstrate the viability of market-based solutions and support widespread replication and greater collective impact

Partnerships: Several ongoing partnerships with Stakeholders from outside Tanzania, including DOEN Foundation, and SELCO Foundation, are driving access to energy for productive use and livelihood improvement

Insights: As part of our strategic partnerships, we are committed to sharing learnings from our portfolio to encourage faster progress in the social investment sector.

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