Welcome to EarthWise Ventures

Rebuilding Infrastructure

Revitalizing Economies

About Us

Our Strategy

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EarthWise Ventures serves Africa through its investment in companies that will create both jobs and services, particularly investments tied to rebuilding the African infrastructure. Such investments improve, (and in some cases create) economic corridors that encourage other ventures to be birthed, grow and prosper. Return on investment is found both in financial profitability, as well as the collateral benefits of social and economic development. We believe that the best return on investment in all areas will realized in the rebuilding of the transport and agricultural sectors, and that our goals can be accomplished while exercising environmental responsibility.

Our Accomplishments

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The Lake Victoria Ferry Project is an example of one such venture. In cooperation with other companies with compatible visions, EarthWise Ventures is working to achieve the above goals through the reestablishment of transport systems on Lake Victoria. Due to neglect and mismanagement, the ferry system serving Lake Victoria has virtually disappeared in the last decade. As rail and ferry systems collapsed, so did the economies of the towns that previously served the rail/ferry corridor. Goods previously transported by water and rail now are moved primarily by trucks travelling on poorly-maintained roads. Sadly, the increased road traffic has further deteriorated the road system, making such transportation more expensive and hazardous. Investment in the ferry system on Lake Victoria will create a win for both investors, and for Africa.

Our Goal

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EarthWise Ventures primary strategy leveraging the acquisition and management of neglected and/or mismanaged entities with large economic footprints in their communities, and whose success has the potential to rejuvenate the local economy surrounding them. Our goals is that each venture impact its local community by both directly creating jobs, and by the creation of collateral jobs, through suppliers of goods and services to the company and to the company’s workers & their families This “multiplier” effect ripples through the community, spurring exponential growth in the local economy.

Crossing Lake Victoria

The Lake Victoria Project

Lake Victoria was once home to a bustling ferry service that provided economic connectivity between Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. At one time 30% of the Ugandan economy was centered around and dependent on a sound ferry system. In contrast, today Lake Victoria has almost no ferry service, the existing ferries are very old and slow, and there is a tremendous need for new ferry service. The collapse of water transportation over the years has resulted in less and less economic life around the lake.


Today, it is estimated that at least 1,600 people move from Kampala, Uganda to Mwanza, Tanzania on a daily basis. For most of these travelers, the only transport option available for this trip is a grueling, multi-country, bus trip on deteriorating roads that can take two days to complete. Connection between the other cities around the lake is equally problematic. There is a great need to offer passengers like this a safe and fast passage across the lake. EarthWise Ventures, Inc. is responding to the above needs by gathering together a consortium of African and American companies in a joint venture to launch a boat manufacturing company in Kampala, Uganda, and bringing ferry service back to Lake Victoria


Click here to learn about EarthWise Ferry Service across Lake Victoria.

Click here to learn about EarthWise Ferry Service across Lake Victoria.

Lagos Nigeria

Routes in West Africa

 With the introduction of EarthWise ferries in West Africa between Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana, travelers will avoid three border crossings and numerous security roadblocks.  Traveling by ferry will decrease the travel time between these two metropolitan areas from 12 hours by bus to five hours on an EarthWise ferry. The new ferry service will also allow travelers  to by boat to Cotonou, Benin, and Lome, Togo.


Starting with an initial $10 million investment, EarthWise will begin service Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana within 18 months. EarthWise expects to serve more than 100,000 travelers per ferry, per year. Expansion plan goals include scaling up to 20 ferries serving the entire West African coastline with a plan to serve millions of travelers. 


Fares will be priced competitively with bus fares, yet despite the affordability of fares, routes will be profitable due to the efficiency of EarthWise boats, the number of passengers carried, and the projected number of passengers expected to the use the service on every voyage. The benefit to the passengers is clear. For a price that competes with a bus ticket, by traveling on an EarthWise Ferry, a passenger can reach their destination in comfort, safety, and less time. 


A trip that once took an entire day by bus due to border crossings, numerous security roadblocks, and refueling, can now be completed in comfort in a few hours on a high-speed ferry!

West Africa Routes to be served by EarthWise Ferries.

West Africa Routes to be served by EarthWise Ferries.

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In Other News...The Lake Chelan Project

Launching in September 2019


  

In September 2019, Thain Boatworks Inc., an affiliate of EarthWise Ventures,  will deliver a passenger ferry for travel on Lake Chelan in Washington state. Lake Chelan, a glacier-carved lake in central Washington is known for its clear water and extraordinary depth. The lake is estimated to be over 1400 feet deep. At the north end of the lake, the small town of Stehekin, population 75, caters to visitors who arrive by boat or seaplane. Surrounded by the pristine North Cascades, this remote community provides a perfect day-trip destination. The new Lake Chelan ferry, cruising at 20 knots,  will provide visitors with quick access to this beautiful community by traveling to and from Stehekin several times a day. 


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