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GEXSI is a charitable organisation registered in the UK, with offices in London and Berlin. From Philanthropic Support to Commercial Investment Social entrepreneurs who want to become self-sustaining, GEXSI can assist in finding start-up assistance from donors or investors. GEXSI mobilises a blend of philanthropic funds and commercial financing, tailored to the specific needs of social enterprises.
GEXSI links charitable donors, social entrepreneurs, and social investors in funding exceptional economic, ecological, and social projects for sustainable development in low-income regions around the world. In order to unleash Entrepreneurship in Low-income Countries, GEXSI mobilises the capital and expertise needed by social entrepreneurs to move from 'aid to market'.
Initially, social enterprises often depend on grants. To move towards self-reliance, many need start-up support – access to expertise, markets and finance. Many evolving social enterprises experience a financing gap: their financial needs exceed microcredit capacities, but do not reach the levels of commercial financing. The Global Exchange for Social Investment (GEXSI) assists in closing this gap. For Social Entrepreneurs, GEXSI provides expertise and financing tailored to the needs of each social entrepreneur. The Global Exchange for Social Investment (GEXSI) focuses on businesses that have social, environmental and economic impact, and clear potential for scaling up or replication.
GEXSI collaborates with enterprises requiring initial financial support in their business development. Enterprises assisted by GEXSI typically look for investments ranging from EUR 10,000 to EUR 500,000.
For social entrepreneurs, GEXSI: Provides technical expertise in business planning and investment structuring; Locates financing, and; Facilitates networking, mentorship and exchanges of information and expertise.
The mobile still is steaming
In March, the new mobile KAITE-still was being used in Kufunda for the very first time.
We could extract Taget oil. The advantage of the mobile distiller is that KAITE can take it to the farmers who grow plants for the production of essential oils and they don’t have to bring the voluminous mass of harvested crops to the distiller, therefore avoiding high transportation costs. It also enables the farmers of remote areas to process their harvested crops.
Trip to the Lion & Cheetah Park On Mai, 24 and 31, the KAITE team was able to take two groups of orphans from Kambuzuma to the trip to the Lion & Cheetah park, an animal park close to Harare.
After a sightseeing tour in the park, where the children could see zebras, ostriches and lions, the group had a picnic and a little guidance through the attached zoo.
The children were very happy and for the KAITE team, it was likewise a nice experience to see the children laugh.
KAITE on the Planet Diversity In Mai, the UN conference on biodiversity and biological security took place in Bonn. KAITE participated in the conference on the convention on biological diversity. There René Fischer presented KAITE’s work. <!-- [if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--> <!-- [endif]-->
Flea market in Berlin
In May, the trust members Elisa Manukian, Dr. Kathryn Spieß, Asta von Unger, Alexa Pastoors and Holger Lengsfeld cleaned out their closets to go to the flea market for the benefit of KAITE.
Apparently, the stand on the Arkonaplatz in Berlin was fun and a nice donation was the result for KAITE.
Chairman of the board Klaus Pilgram supported KAITE’s work in Zimbabwe In the middle of June; Klaus Pilgram arrived in Harare to spent four weeks on behalf of the SES in Zimbabwe. Klaus Pilgram has been a member of the board since the foundation of the German KAITE trust and has previously worked in the development sector for 30 years.
After taking a look at the work done by KAITE close to Harare, he worked together with the team on conceptual structures of KAITE and the preparation of proposals.
At the moment, KAITE is heading towards the next season which will start in October.
Therefore, the KAITE team visits small-scale farmers in remote areas of Zimbabwe and talks to them about a cooperation with KAITE. During the next weeks, KAITE will work on contracts for the individual farmers for long-living and fair partnerships.
On August 18th and 19th , KAITE attended a Workshop of the Zimbabwe Organic Producers and Promoting Association and worked on strategies to enhance the organic production in Zimbabwe. It was quite an interesting compilation of organisations around Zimbabwe who are involved in organic farming in some way, either through production, marketing or training. KAITE is going to join ZOPPA to enable it to contribute in the growth of organic farming in Zimbabwe.