It is not easy for young graduates like Patrick Makoye to transition from being a job seeker to a job creator. However, Makoye is doing it, with the support of IMED Foundation and partners.
The 29-year-old is one of 41 young men and women who benefited from Tanzania Renewable Energy Business Incubator (TAREBI) Phase II program me, implemented by IMED Foundation and SELCO Foundation of India with funding from the US-based—Charles Mott Foundation.
The aim is to support the establishment and growth of clean energy enterprise serving the poor especially rural communities whereas 41 graduates from Don Bosco Dodoma and Iringa Vocational Training Centres as well as VETA were enrolled in the incubation program.
Makoye’s journey with TAREBI started in April 2020 when he managed to gain a number of skills on developing a business plan, life skills, marketing and sales, business formalization, financial record keeping and solar water pumping installation systems.
In addition, Makoye and his colleagues were coached, mentored and managed to participate on study tours in solar companies based in Dar es Salaam to gain a practical understanding on how businesses operate.
Through the knowledge and skills acquired by Makoye in the incubation program, he managed register his company known as Don Energy Solution and Designing Company with the Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (BRELA) in (date) and establish an office at Nkulingu a few kilometers from Dodoma Central Business District (CBD) whom currently has two employees.
Makoye’s firm provides electrical, solar systems, electrical fence, CCTV camera, surge protection, solar water pumps installation and maintenance services. Makoye has so far invested in a website worth Tshs 720,000/- to market his business and uses a simple ICT app to keep the company’s financial records.
In May 2021, Makoye with 11 other incubates won a performance based equipment grant in the form of a solar installation tool kits worth TZS 1.8 million from TAREBI.
He has managed to install solar home systems in 30 households but also solar water pumping systems in several communities including at Mnadani and Hombolo Wards in Dodoma which support farming activities and supply of drinking water to rural communities without tap water.
Makoye’s company is growing fast and steady as well as his income which has quadrupled since he joined the incubation program under IMED Foundation. He is now getting different tenders from different companies inside and outside Dodoma Region.
He thanks IMED Foundation for enrolling into the program me, which he says has been an eye-opener and has completely transformed his life.
Makoye commends TAREBI team including the Chief Executive Officer – Mr Khalid Swabiri, Program Manager – Mr Junior Ndesanjo, Incubator coordinator – Ms. Aika Donath, trainers and coaches for their uppermost support.
“Thank you for seeing the potential in us and taking time to teach, guide and expose me and my colleagues on various issues which have been life changing,” he says.
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Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Makoye, and other incubates were guided to register their businesses with the Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (BRELA), to develop marketing tools such as business cards, brochure, website, social media pages; keep financial records for their business in -terms of income and expenditure and establishing business premises.
Makoye has received intensive mentorship and coaching on various aspects relating to the business of solar system management and deployment has been instrumental in empowering the incubates. As coaches, we have been working with incubates to develop business plans, financial record keeping templates and go to market strategies.
Our tracking of impact indicators indicates that our incubates have facilitated access to clean energy solutions 211 households to since the project’s inception. Also, the average monthly incomes of incubates have increased from USD 9 to about an average monthly income of 65 USD.
Trainer and Coach
Through close engagement with incubates through meetings, visits, social media platforms has helped us to track implementation of what they learn and their progress and to provide feedback.
More Tips about the Program
IMED Foundation organized a ‘Seed Fund Challenge Competition’ that attracted application from 24 incubates from Don Bosco Centers in Dodoma, Iringa and Dar Es Salaam. Among those, 12 incubate emerged winners and Patrick Makoye was among winners who received seed fund grant in the form of working tools.