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EarthWise Ferries Uganda Ltd.

EarthWise focuses on strategic African infrastructure projects, pursuing business opportunities that develop & sustain local economies.

  • Stage $500K in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Other
  • Location Arlington, WA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded October 2008
  • Employees 40
  • Website

Company Summary

At one time 30% of the Ugandan economy was centered on a vibrant ferry system on Lake Victoria. Today ferry service has virtually disappeared and the collapse of water transportation has severely impaired economic life around the lake. EarthWise is restoring reliable, safe passenger and freight service covering Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. This system will service the emerging merchant class, small business and lower middle class.


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    Robert T Smith

    Rob Smith was born in South Africa and is a naturalized citizen with a strong background in accounting, manufacturing and contracting. He founded Agathos Foundation, Thain Boat works and is the founding chairman of EarthWise Ventures. Rob was CFO of Whitaker Chemical (GA), President of North Georgia Builders and is currently CEO of Thain Boat Works. He lives in Everett WA is married to Merle for 34 years, has four children and four grandchildren.

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    Calvin Echodu

    Mr. Echodu was born and lives in Uganda. He is the Founder and Director of Pilgrim Uganda, a non profit serving the most vulnerable of Uganda. He has led Pilgrim into areas or relief, trauma counseling, and resettlement of internally displaced Ugandans. He has led extensive research in sustainable rural technologies and is a graduate of Makerere University. Calvin has extensive background in Ugandan journalism and is a recognized leader in Sor

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    Anthony A Esenu
    Chairman of the Board

    Anthony is a trained agro-economist and pragmatic business operations manager. He has over 20 years on the ground experience applying contemporary concepts of program design, management and evaluations acquired in 15 African countries. He continues to serve on the boards of both development and private sector organizations such as World Vision, FARST African Consultancy Firm, and ALFA Development Contractors & Consultants.

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    Julia A Youngs
    General Counsel

    Julia has founded and/or provided strategic direction to numerous not-for-profits and for profit enterprises in a broad spectrum of industries. She has participated in the direction, structuring, and capital raising for a number of private placements both in the US and abroad. She is a leader committed to developing pragmatic solutions in lesser-developed economies through both philanthropy and fee-enterprise.

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    Stanley Youngs

    Mr. Youngs is an accomplished CPA and financial officer. He has been an accountant and entrepreneur for over 30 years in Washington State. In addition to public accounting, he has also been financial officer for several companies, and has experience in international manufacturing and franchising. Mr. Youngs has been involved in numerous business start-ups as both a principal and as a professional advisor.

Previous Investors

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    28 Investors ranging from $5K to $1 Million