What we do
EnSo exists to solve problems. Through our project design and consultancy work we help partners and clients come up with ways to define, understand and respond to whatever challenge they are trying to address. While some problems require a technical fix – the work that we focus on is generally about people, individually and within organisations, trying to find ways to get things done – and this is where leadership can be critical. We think that leadership is a behavior – not a role – and the choice to exercise leadership, for a purpose is one that can anybody can make. Helping people to understand how to respond to the opportunity to lead – whatever the context – is a critical part of how we try to achieve impact.
EnSo is a project developer – simply put this means that we use our experience, networks and technical expertise to design and deliver solutions to problems. Most of the big problems that really interest us, like climate change, access to clean energy, addressing poverty and inequality, are by their nature complex. And it’s no surprise that simple solutions tend not to ‘fix’ complex problems. Our response to this means finding a new perspective, constantly testing assumptions, creating new linkages within a dynamic and iterative learning process. Projects require money to make things happen and part of our work is about making the links to donors and investors
Where most businesses see a waste problem, we see huge possibilities for renewable energy.
As a not-for-profit social enterprise our role is to connect these dots, and in doing so we hope to make long-term systemic solutions. At the same time, we work to empower communities with the tools they need to build a financially secure and healthy future.
We do this through a number of ways:
- Social Enterprise Project Development
- Sustainable Leadership
Whilst we are based in the UK, most of our work is in the countries that are most vulnerable to climate change, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa with offices in both Kenya and Malawi.