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  • The Adventure Project to boost Jiko Smart stove producers in Kenya | GVEP International
    as to train more businesses on the production of this energy efficient stove model Over the course of last year GVEP worked with 12 Kenyan stove makers to improve the performance and quality of locally manufactured efficient cookstoves GVEP s support to the cookstove businesses included technical capacity building improved product design and manufacturing practices as well as financial assistance to access capital to expand This initiative was part of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves strategy to strengthen supply and enhance demand in the cookstove and fuel sectors through innovation and tailored entrepreneurial capacity development As a result a new stove design the Jiko Smart was developed for both charcoal and firewood applications Both the charcoal and firewood stove prototypes were subjected to rigorous lab and field tests undertaken by the University of Nairobi Makerere University CREEC and the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute KIRDI All test showed a significant degree of efficiency reduced emissions and improved safety and durability compared to other local existing models Since July 2014 the new stove has gained significant recognition in the Western and Coast regions of Kenya where the manufacturers were trained and 2 000 stoves have been sold The new grant from the Adventure Project will be used to build on these achievements by increasing sales and helping seven more Jiko Smart businesses get established in the two regions two strategic areas for supplying clean energy products to other East African countries Out of the seven businesses four are women owned Marketing advice and networking activities will be key to achieve the desired outcomes We will leverage on GVEP s proven experience in market development techniques to stimulate product demand and facilitate networking opportunities with potential buyers says GVEP International s Kenya Country Manager James Maillu Each entrepreneur will be

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  • ENERGIA and partners give hand and feet to SE4ALL campaign on the ground | GVEP International
    will give hand and feet to the SE4ALL campaign at the national level in five countries Indonesia Kenya Nepal Senegal and Tanzania The aim is to contribute to efforts that ensure that governments and donors allocate investments to energy programmes that are gender informed through three intervention areas 1 To integrate gender objectives and actions in SE4ALL Country Action Agendas and investment prospectus in the five focus countries 2 To operationalise five national campaigns on women s economic empowerment through energy access reaching out to 14 million people 3 To showcase the results of the ENERGIA s Women s Economic Empowerment programme in SE4ALL regional and global outreach The campaigns and advocacy efforts are designed and being implemented by ENERGIA s partners in the countries working closely with SE4ALL contact points with national governments Kopernik in Indonesia Practical Action East Africa partnering with Sustainable Community Development Services SCODE in Kenya the Centre for Rural Technology in Nepal partnering with the National Association of Community Electricity Users Nepal and the Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists GVEP and SEM Fund in Senegal and Solar Sister partnering with Ripple Effect Images and Show the Good in Tanzania As part of ENERGIA s Women s Economic Empowerment initiative GVEP and SEM Fund have teamed up to deliver technology business and financial mentoring to 250 women entrepreneurs in rural Senegal to increase access to energy products and services to their communities The two organisations will also campaign to raise awareness and broaden perception of the importance of women s economic empowerment at a national level with regards to domestic cooking lighting technologies and productive use of energy The programme is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency SIDA the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation Norad the Dutch Directorate General for International Cooperation DGIS and

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  • Innovative cookstove business for urban informal settlements incubated in Kenya | GVEP International
    technology start ups GVEP International is a member of the consortium that also includes PriceWaterHouse Coopers Strathmore University and the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute KIRDI The cooking stove Ndua developed and named Jiko Kenya uses firewood the most commonly used fuel in informal and rural areas in Kenya The stove can sanitise 3 litres of water within 15 minutes as compared to traditional stoves that take twice as much time and even longer The fuel efficient biomass stove has an innovative built in jacket that can be filled with water This feature both helps to insulate the stove making it more efficient and allows the user to simultaneously boil water whilst cooking with no added cooking cost The sanitised water can then be used for drinking and cooking Following years of research and development he developed another cooking stove that he named Jiko Africa Like Jiko Kenya this stove can simultaneously boil water while cooking and uses charcoal and briquettes His production site in the Makongeni district of Kenya s industrial town of Thika Central Kenya employs 9 young technicians out of which 2 are women He reaches out to a clientele base that covers other areas including the local Kiambu and Laikipia counties as well as Mandera County in Kenya s North Kilifi on the Coast Kitui in Eastern Kenya and Uasin Gishu County in Kenya s Rift Valley region an area measuring approximately 30 000 square miles The stoves are also sold in several other markets across the country during exhibitions and direct sales promotions conducted by GVEP and partners Initially the business started off without adequate systems in place including lack of business plans and financial structures Ndua kept searching for partnerships as well as resources until he attended a conference in 2013 organised by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in Nairobi Kenya where he met with GVEP staff who then introduced him to the KCIC Meeting GVEP was a real turning point as it enabled me to receive support from the KCIC My enterprise received technical business marketing and financial support which has made us reach where we are today said Ndua He adds that thanks to this assistance STAMP has been able to set up good financial management systems I must thank GVEP in particular for its continuous support in business mentorship as well as in linking us with business opportunities including cooperatives and other groups who have been buying from us in bulk Additionally the KCIC has also supported us to showcase our products during trade fairs and exhibitions as well as through publicity in the media he says of the stoves that cost Ksh 3 000 33 each Ndua sold 600 stoves between October 2014 and March 2015 an equivalent of about 100 stoves per month He plans to upscale this to 1 000 stoves monthly beginning June this year His business venture is now worth an estimated Ksh 4 million 43 950 As a result of these opportunities to

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  • Solar technologies coupled with entrepreneurship improving lives in rural Tanzania | GVEP International
    In addition the wider community benefits from the services we offer said Elizabeth Solar energy use has been rapidly growing in the Lake Region over the last few years Yet while this is certainly a positive trend renewable energy entrepreneurs still face many challenges due to lack of knowledge regarding product suppliers and quality This results in their systems often being engineered by unqualified technicians A specialised team from GVEP provided support to the couple regarding choice of products and system sizing and linked them to a reputable solar supplier in Mwanza Zara Solar Limited Elizabeth also attended the GVEP Enterprise Academy a three day training on business technology finance and gender related issues providing her with the skills needed to sustainably run her business In Tanzania where only 21 of the population has access to electricity solar energy offers an alternative cost effective solution to improve the quality of lives of millions of people especially in rural areas People in my village are now connected to a reliable power supply thanks to solar energy and they can even engage in financial transactions through their mobile phones as a result of the phone charging services which we are offering said Zabron Elizabeth s husband Look there he said pointing towards the nearby MPESA outlet a mobile phone based money transfer enterprise these services are transforming our lives Due to power rationing even in on grid areas I couldn t even charge my phone when travelling to this part of the country But thanks to solar energy I am now more confident in finding a reliable source to charge my devices said Dominic a businessman from Shinyanga town who travels to the village to buy cereals Many families feel these are the kind of energy services they have been missing for

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  • New energy challenge for East African entrepreneurs announced | GVEP International
    course based at the University of Dar es Salaam The winners will also have the opportunity to pitch for US 3 000 prize capital to help implement their idea GVEP International SME Advisor Lindsay Van Landeghem who has been engaged in offering advisory services to Smart Villages will join other judges in the selection of winners in the week of 24 Aug 2015 Project co leaders Dr John Holmes and Dr Bernie Jones explained how technological innovations for providing electricity services lighting and cooking are changing attitudes towards off grid energy in the developing world However despite decreasing costs and increased consumer demand for these technologies their distribution and implementation remain challenging We have already held a series of workshops in Africa and Asia confirming this and demonstrating that finding the right business model for an off grid energy solution can be tricky and sometimes comes after a lot of trial and error To address this issue we have therefore decided to launch the Energy Innovation Challenge in East Africa said Project co leaders Dr John Holmes and Dr Bernie Jones Director for International Competitions at Smart Villages Kristin Shine Polman pointed out that every great innovation starts with an idea but that learning the skills to develop these ideas into a successful business is just as important We are delighted to have been able to collaborate with the Cambridge Development Initiative to run a competition focused on introducing students with a science and engineering background to the skills necessary to turn a great idea into a successful real world innovation We have already had an enthusiastic response to the competition and are looking into running a similar one in India said Kristin Shine Polman Director for International Competitions at Smart Villages This competition is a great opportunity for current

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  • Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook | GVEP International
    to support organisations in empowering women micro entrepreneurs small enterprise owners and sales agents who work in the household energy sector is now available Developed by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves the Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook provides curricula and tools for six days of business skills empowerment and leadership training It is designed to support organizations who are currently working with or plan to work with women entrepreneurs and sales agents in the provision of household energy technologies GVEP wrote the business training section of the Handbook which delves into basic business management with activities training covering Marketing and Customer Care Costing and Pricing Financial Planning and Management and Business Growth and Expansion GVEP drew on its direct experience of providing this type of training when authoring the materials The gender empowerment sections of the manual are based on methodologies developed and tested by a team at Johns Hopkins University While the Handbook is designed to empower women to scale adoption of clean cooking solutions globally it has applicability throughout the household energy sector Download the Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook here To download the accompanying HCD Workbook that guides trainers through the process of preparing a customised training approach

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  • Innovating to provide safer power for displaced people | GVEP International
    and to bring benefits both to them and eventually to host populations There are more than 50 million forcibly displaced people worldwide and the vast majority have poor access to energy Energy management in refugee camps is often costly carbon intensive and wasteful The need for addressing energy issues in humanitarian settings has been clear for decades However despite the presence of scattered projects energy has not been recogni s ed on a par with other services for camp management and the well being of displaced persons For these people access to modern energy is a basic human need but is often largely absent The vast majority of displaced people rely on traditional biomass and kerosene for cooking and lighting which can have significant impacts on the environment and on their well being This is true particularly for women and children who may be more exposed to health and safety risks and have less time for education livelihoods social and other activities Energy is also needed to power the camps health centres schools administration compounds and to light up the streets at night Power is generally provided by diesel generator sets that cost humanitarian agencies millions of dollars a year In emergencies this is understandable But given that two thirds of the world s refugees find themselves displaced for prolonged periods there is wide scope for changing the way energy is consumed to increase efficiency create livelihoods and restore human dignity There is growing awareness of particular products and technologies but research on best practice has been patchy To address some of these issues the Moving Energy Initiative will undertake desk and field research and conduct pilot projects to test new approaches to providing energy access and management in humanitarian interventions In particular it will focus on sustainable energy solutions

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  • Caribbean energy innovators celebrated in Jamaica for their contribution to addressing energy challenges | GVEP International
    the local banking sector private sector organisations the Caribbean Development Bank and the CARICOM Secretariat all seeking to promote green innovations and entrepreneurship The awarded ideas range from a biogas system using waste from local hotels and farmers in Jamaica to an affordable solar power and micro financing model bringing energy to remote communities in Suriname to a gasifier which drives a 20kW turbine supplying electricity for a micro grid in Haiti among others The contest winners were granted a total of US 1 486 000 to develop energy efficiency or renewable energy solutions that have the potential to address local or regional energy challenges to provide jobs and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions In addition to grant funding winners were offered technical and business development support to implement or scale up their ideas The Energy Innovation Contest IDEAS is an Inter American Development Bank IDB initiative that seeks to support the development of innovative technologies and business models that promote renewable energy energy efficiency bio fuels and access to energy in rural areas in Latin America and the Caribbean It was launched for the first time in 2009 In 2012 the IDB and the South Korean Government partnered with UKAid from the Department for International Development DFID as sponsor and provider of the grant funds for the third call for proposals the Caribbean special edition The programme was managed by UKAid with GVEP as its implementing partner This round of the IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest has provided an opportunity for Caribbean entrepreneurs to develop businesses that use renewable energy and support sustainable development in the Caribbean I hope that these enterprises will continue to grow and develop in the future increase access to low carbon energy and create jobs in their countries and communities said Luke Jessop Policy and

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