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Dear friends and members of the ep. Network,

Our Network comprises inventors, entrepreneurs and organizations all over the world – thereby also in Asia, in the region where more than 1.4 million people are affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal on Saturday. They are in need of food and water, of shelter and medical supply.  The UN and other international humanitarian organizations are starting emergency operations that face huge logistical challenges. The support of many is urgently needed, organizations such as TechSoup published instructions to guide you in "how you can help". Smaller organizations contribute through urgently needed and partly very specific supply; one example is the earthquake emergency response of Kopernik – a friend of the empowering people. Network.

In this ep.Update our thoughts are also with the epN-Members located or operating in Nepal and the affected area, amongst them installations of AIDFIs Ram Pump, the team of Score Stove™2 or The Nexus Center that contributes to water and energy supply in Nepal.

May humanity and technology work hand in hand!


Study of Zeppelin University and Siemens Stiftung

Taking the Pulse

Recent large-scale survey releases key recommendations that can increase social enterprises’ contribution to poverty alleviation 

Our first large-scale survey provides exploratory data about the organization and financing of social enterprises from 286 social enterprises and 148 social investors. It reveals to which extent social enterprises contribute to poverty alleviation in developing and emerging economies. Read more here or download the study here.


Next empowering people. Onsite: Bogotá, Colombia - 10-13 of May

Next week, parts of the epN team will be in Bogotá, Colombia to meet members of the network for a next "empowering people. Onsite".

One activity within our "empowering people. Network" is this regionally based and hands-on oriented format of training opportunities. After a pilot in September 2014 in Uganda, our next second epOnsite-training now follows in Bogotá. We will keep updating the community on Twitter with #epOnsite.

Impressions from the last epOnsite in Uganda - Sept. 2014


Articles and announcements

"His idea can change the lives of Millions" (in German)

The Huffington Post Germany dedicated a very inspiring article to the winner of our "empowering people. Award" in 2013: Martin Aufmuth with his "One Dollar Glasses". Read about his project here...

The Mobile Charging Kiosk empowers women

Jeanne Marie from Rwanda is entering the social business sector by running a Mobile Charging Kiosk from epN member A-R-E-D. This makes it possible for her to benefit from education opportunities and to become independent.

Read in ONE how the Mobile Charging Kiosk franchisee empowers women.

Albina Ruiz elected member of the bord of IIAP

Congratulations to Albina Ruiz: The empowering people. Network peer was elected member of the board of the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (IIAP) - on World Earth Day! Read about her organization, Ciudad Saludable here...

TriCiclos and Solar Sisters fellow of Schwab Foundation

Katherine Lucey from Solar Sisters and Gonzalo Muñoz, TriCiclos got to be new fellows of the Schwab foundation. This includes them in a community of more than 320 outstanding late stage social entrepreneurs operating in more than 70 countries tackling society’s most pressing issues. Congratulations!

Baby Nathan's impact on Jane Chen's life

In the Huffington post, Jane Chen, Co-founder of the Embrace Innovations, shares the story of what moments in life keep social entrepreneurs motivated to continue their work. Read the article here and discover the solution of the "empowering people. Award" winner.

epN member TakaTaka Solutions

Guess: Can waste collection in lower income areas be completely sustainable on a private sector basis? It can - as Taka Taka solutions proves in Nairobi, for example.

Read how over 80 jobs for underprivileged youths are created and how as a side-effect ecological awareness is raised among the population.


Interviews with epN members

The empowering people. Workshop in Mexico City in November 2014 left us with a whole lot of memories and impressions. Watch the interviews with the network members Auke Idzenga and Jorge Camil and get to know their field of work within the epN.


New on the epN Solutions Database

Together Association - Waste Water Treatment in Egypt

Sameh Seif from Together Association developed a simple waste water treatment technology in Egypt. Find out more about this project here...


Siemens Stiftung Annual Report 2014

Siemens Stiftung supports ideas that strengthen the positive correlation between technological and social development. In our new annual report articles, interviews and statistics give insight into our project work in the working areas basic services, education and culture in Germany, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America – of course also featuring epN highlights!

Click here to read the report online, or download our pdf.


Events, dates & more

Yunus Social Business Uganda

Yunus Social Business Accelerator is launched for the first time with a program in Uganda! Online applications are accepted till May 15th. It is a great opportunity for new entrepreneurs to improve their skills in the field and aims at promoting social businesses.

Read more here....

Engineering for Change (E4C) Webinar

May 20th, 2015  - 11:00 am EDT or 05:00 pm CET

"Manual Drilling - A Global Perspective of Local Realities"

Manual drilling is here to stay, and it is growing. This webinar will examine some of the main concerns about the spread of the technology, drawing particularly on lessons from Nigeria and Chad.

Register here...

Today’s Social Innovations - Tomorrow’s Market Shifts

New insights from the Ashoka community about scaling up great ideas

May 18th, 2015 -  6:30pm – 10pm CET

Impact Hub Berlin

If you're interested in attending this event, please write to mvollmann@ashoka.org

10th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education & Training

eLearning Africa is inviting you to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

May 20-22, 2015

Register here...

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