Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified candidates for PEG Africa Interns Recruitment 2020/2021.
PEG delivers Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) asset-based financing to consumers who lack both access to reliable electricity and formal banking services. PEG’s anchor product – a basic solar home system that includes six lights, a phone charger, a radio, and a TV – allows consumers living on $5-10 per day to access clean light for working and studying after hours, avoid harmful air pollution from kerosene-based lighting solutions, and also build credit for additional products and services over time.
To date, PEG has raised over $50 million and has over 450 full-time staff across Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Senegal. PEG has also won numerous awards, including the prestigious 2017 Ashden International Award for excellence in sustainable energy, and was named as one of the “fastest-growing companies in Africa” by the London Stock Exchange.
- Create and foster partnerships between national research institutions and the private sector to mobilize innovation.
- Catalyze contextually relevant local technical, social and financial innovations to support scaling of small-scale irrigation, and increase access to and adoption of these technologies.
- Support the next generation of entrepreneurs and young professionals through private sector work experience.
Specifically, InGrant provides:
- six-month or one-year paid innovation internships to young entrepreneurs, innovators and recent graduates (GHS 1,740/month for bachelor’s degree holders and GHS 2,030/month for master’s degree holders).
Who are we looking for? The first In-Grant Pitching Contest seeks young Ghanaian entrepreneurs, innovators, and recent graduates with bachelor’s and master’s degrees (those who graduated no more than 12 months ago, i.e., September 2019) to undertake a one-year innovation internship with PEG Africa to carry out the following:
- Develop ways to link farmers to input and output markets to achieve profitable solar-based irrigated farming (challenge 1). Small-scale irrigators in Ghana face several challenges, including difficulty in accessing input and output markets due to limited distribution channels, inadequate input supply, information asymmetry in relation to determining price and securing markets for produce. Hand pumps and diesel generators are often not cost-effective and have little after-sales service. Solar pumps offer the advantage of better profitability in terms of yield increases, and fuel and labor cost savings for farmers. How can irrigators, usually in remote locations, be better connected to input and output markets to enable them to be more productive and profitable?
- Develop ways to address gender-based constraints to information and financial resources related to solar-based irrigation (challenge 2). The roles, perceptions, constraints and preferences of men and women farmers (including youth) in irrigated agriculture vary widely across peri-urban and rural locations. However, constraints include women’s limited access to information on irrigation technologies due to lower literacy and higher household obligations compared to men, as well as unequal access to financial resources, which subsequently affects women’s ability to invest in solar irrigation technologies. How can these constraints be addressed to ensure men and women farmers have equal access to information and financial services related to solar-based irrigation technologies?