The East Africa Business Podcast: Start ups | Investing | Entrepreneurship | Interviews
About This Show
Sam Floy has left the start up scene in London, and is looking to start a business in the emerging East Africa market.
This is a weekly podcast about the business environment in East Africa based around interviews with entrepreneurs, investors and organisations looking to help the region grow.
Join him as he evaluates the ecosystems of Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania interviewing startups, organisations and investors and reporting on what is happening on the ground.
Most Recent Episode
Bottled Water Franchise: decentralising water treatment to empower entrepreneurs in East Africa, with Galen Welsch of Jibu
3 days ago
If you consider businesses that solve Tier A problems, safe drinking water is pretty much top of the list.
Across East Africa people are unable to drink from the tap, and so are left to either boil their own, or buy expensive water in a bottle.
Galen started Jibu to address the need, creating a franchise where local entrepreneurs could treat tap water at source and sell it in reusable bottles to people in their neighbourhood.
We discuss how the business started, the benefits and challenges that come from the franchise model, and Jibu’s vision to provide convenient safe drinking water for all.
Here are some of the key quotes
“Jibu equips entrepreneurs to start their own water treatment businesses”
We finance them to provide safe drinking water to their community and also generate income for themselves
“We have worked across East Africa from the start”
Jibu have operations in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, and started in DR Congo. We went for three at once which worked as a good strategy for us – it meant we weren’t overpampering any particular business and didn’t lead to false confidence that we would succeed.
“They’re all different”
In Rwanda, customers go directly to the shops. Uganda are much more geared towards delivery and convenience. DR Congo was difficu