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  • Millions more now benefitting from clean energy across East Africa | GVEP International
    ambitious targets of creating 3 600 new jobs in 1 400 energy focused micro small and medium sized enterprises e MSMEs and in some cases outstripping them just after two years of operation Over the last two years specialized teams within GVEP have been working closely with businesses operating in solar PV cookstoves mobile phone charging briquettes picohydro and other markets in Kenya Uganda Tanzania and Rwanda thereby building pipelines of potential deals for lenders donors and investors A recent progress report for Sida has recorded a 130 growth in sales for SMEs and 25 for micro enterprises Additionally over 1 500 jobs have been created so far through the 1 100 business currently being supported through mentoring advisory services capacity building and facilitation of access to capital A total of 30 million in equity debts and grants has also been absorbed by the eMSMEs vital financing enabling them to take their businesses to the next level Together they have contributed to a reduction of a total of 1 3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions The progress on impact indicators is expected to accelerate in later years as more recently recruited enterprises gather momentum along their own growth curves The progress report is a testament not only to the performance of the client businesses supported by GVEP during the programme but also to GVEP s ability to manage significant international programmes to budget and plan and to the hard work of the GVEP staff involved We believe that GVEP s effectiveness is due to the integrated and practical nature of our approach combining training with long term field based mentoring with advice on technology and supply chain matters support with access to finance and a deep knowledge of and introductions to the players in the local renewable energy ecosystem says

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/millions-more-now-benefitting-clean-energy-across-east-africa (2016-02-16)
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  • GVEP invited to share experience at the universal energy access agenda | GVEP International
    the nexus between energy and health with regards to bringing off grid electrification solutions to Uganda Towards Universal Energy Access Uganda was organized by the United Nations Foundation and the World Wide Approximately 29 million people in Uganda currently lack access to electricity The meeting brought together over 100 professionals from civil society organizations private sector government agencies and the health sector to highlight the progress made by private sector actors in bringing off grid electrification solutions to Uganda as well as mechanisms to leverage private capital that can bring decentralised energy solutions to scale The workshop revealed that significant progress has been made is enabling rural populations to access electricity and predicts that consumer financing or pay as you go PAYG services will continue to rise in popularity and allow more users to afford energy services rather than paying large up front costs for products However more effort is needed in decentralising energy access at district level to encourage investors to provide working capital for distribution and innovative financing as well as streamlining procurement and customs processes to improve supply chain efficiency GVEP Uganda Country Manager Julius Magala was invited to speak in the panel Innovations in consumer financing pay as you go and energy service models for success explained that we are likely to see a steep increase in consumer financing in Uganda as a result of integrating technological platforms like mobile money banking structures and existing distribution infrastructure which enable increased accessibility of quality products and service at affordable prices Energy services and telecommunications depend on each other for growth and the growth of one sector will inevitably have a positive impact on the other Under the CARE2 programme GVEP is supporting financial institutions increase lending to renewable Energy Businesses During the discussion Julius was asked about

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/gvep-invited-share-experience-universal-energy-access-agenda (2016-02-16)
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  • GVEP welcomes Carolyn Tobin as a new Trustee | GVEP International
    Finance for Clear Channel International during their dramatic expansion 1999 2002 and previously worked for GE Capital on acquisitions and strategic projects and with a US boutique investment bank She also worked as a Management Consultant for McKinsey Company providing strategic analysis and operational reviews in retail banking and manufacturing industries Carolyn is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from Wharton Business School We are pleased to see Carolyn

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  • GVEP’s gender focus helping women break market barriers | GVEP International
    some significant setbacks due to their lack of experience Furthermore cook stove businesses are traditionally dominated by men and although there are roles for women most are limited to producing liners or other parts rather than assembling the entire product Since GVEP started working with the group the business has taken off Technology and business mentors have worked with all members of the group in one to one mentoring capacities The training schedule is specifically designed to fit around the women s family and domestic commitments women can bring a friend or relative to the training sites to look after their children and the sessions finish early so women can return home as well as conducting the trainings in the local village to avoid lengthy journeys or transport problems During the mentoring sessions a strong focus was put on finance and economic skills This is a common problem area for many clean energy entrepreneurs not just women There is little awareness of the options on loan and credit options available The members of the Nyamasaria group have been trained on basic business financing costing and pricing The success of the training has enabled the women to form a savings group they have been able to accumulate an amount which allows members to use as short term loans Another area that has made a significant impact on the progression of the enterprise is in marketing and visibility Although the group were producing high quality parts for cook stoves they didn t have the means or knowledge on how to reach and integrate their products into the market After guidance and advice from GVEP the Nyamasaria women s group have succeed in increasing their average monthly sales from 57 900KES USD 659 to 101 200KES USD 1152 in less than a year

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/gvep%E2%80%99s-gender-focus-helping-women-break-market-barriers (2016-02-16)
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  • News | GVEP International
    the market for clean cooking solutions GVEP s experience in working with women led businesses demonstrates that with the right support tailored to their specific needs the entrepreneurial spirit of women can be channelled into a thriving business Clean energy businesses make their mark at Kenyan trade fairs GVEP sponsored a group of briquettes and improved cookstoves producers in attending a series of trade fairs held in Kenya in September and October 2013 in order to push their products on the market A new report assesses the briquette market in Kenya GVEP published a report that looks at the opportunities for businesses operating in the biomass briquette sector in Kenya in an effort to increase the quality and uptake of this alternative fuel GVEP is expanding its activities in Rwanda With the opening of their offices in Kigali GVEP is expanding its activities to support local energy providers small and medium sized businesses and micro entrepreneurs to deliver safe sustainable and affordable energy services across remote regions of Rwanda Entrepreneurs benefit from mechanized briquette making machines in Kenya With support from a Rotary Club grant GVEP has assisted eleven entrepreneurs to gain access to modern briquette making machines as part of a wider initiative to mechanize the production and enhance the viability of sustainable briquette businesses in Kenya GVEP supports Ugandan solar companies with access to capital Almost half of the micro energy entrepreneurs we worked with in the last five years cited a lack of capital as a barrier to business growth Through its Capital Access programme GVEP has mobilized over 150 million Ugandan Shillings US 57 700 to provide loan guarantees and business training to over 60 individual clients Agricultural drying in Jamaica uses innovative solar alternative and renewable energy technologies Winners of the 2012 IDEAS Energy Innovation

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news?page=9 (2016-02-16)
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  • Rwanda’s first paygo solar power heads towards success | GVEP International
    the creation of local partners to deploy Azuri s Indigo solar home systems in Rwanda and act as a pilot for deployment of future Pay as you go solar lighting systems in off grid communities in other countries The project is on track to deploy 10 000 solar home systems this year The success over the last 6 month s roll out of Azuri s Pay as you go solar can be seen from both the high demand and awareness that the product has achieved especially in the most rural off grid communities in Eastern and Northern provinces Figures collected from Azuri show that from December 2013 to March 2014 these lights provided 376 950 hours of light an average of 6 hours per day The continuing demand and popularity of these solar products is testament to the strong distribution and sales teams working to raise the profile of this product In addition to the provision of solar home systems over the last year Azuri s distributor dealer network Serve and Smile has received ongoing business training through the USAID grant as well as marketing support and advisory services Currently a total number of 16 solar dealers have received business technical and commercial training and support from GVEP including specific technical training on the Azuri product Azuri s CEO Simon Bransfield Garth said The project in Rwanda has been an excellent example of how leading development agencies NGOs and commercial organisations can join forces to bring transformational change to rural communities It is particularly pleasing to see the role of women in the commercial process bringing both employment to local entrepreneurs and delivering solar power to those at home who benefit most from the replacement of dangerous kerosene Many of these entrepreneurs live in rural areas of Rwanda thus allowing

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/rwanda%E2%80%99s-first-paygo-solar-power-heads-towards-success (2016-02-16)
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  • B2D plan to buck the trend in Haiti’s electricity sector with an innovative gasifier project | GVEP International
    pilot in the country s southern peninsula In their quest to provide rural areas with electricity and improve both the health and wellbeing of communities they will also be working to resolve another issue creating a use and a purpose for unused agricultural waste The B2D team have been in discussions with EarthSpark an organisation that has already launched a successful non governmental micro grid project in Haiti to use their new smart pre paid metering system EarthSpark also supported B2D in early stage micro grid planning Whilst the final arrangements are being put in place for the installation of the micro grid B2D are providing electricity to the Organization for the Rehabilitation of the Environment ORE an organization that works to improve environmental agricultural and economic conditions across rural Haiti A 15 kilowatt system has been installed to meet the power needs of ORE s facilities The partnership has the potential to be highly successful as ORE has strong links with other rural communities that could become future micro grid sites B2D already have over 60 customers that have signed up for electricity service at their pilot site The micro grid is set to be installed in October 2014 The founders Benjamin Shell Dan Bierenbaum and Duquesne Fednard envision that the pilot will meet and serve the energy needs of 100 households businesses and community organizations Within seven years of pilot launch they hope to reach a total of 50 communities and create the equivalent of over 400 full time jobs In addition to the original grant from DFiD as part of the IDEAS2 contest B2D have secured funding from USAID which will enable them to further expand their work for the pilot and beyond GVEP and B2D hope to continue collaborating once the pilot micro grid is up

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/b2d-plan-buck-trend-haiti%E2%80%99s-electricity-sector-innovative-gasifier-project (2016-02-16)
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  • Google offers $1m prize for next generation invertor | GVEP International
    open competition aiming to stimulate the creation of new small innovative power inverters Smaller inverters will create a bigger spectrum of possible use including more efficient solar PV products and smart grid distribution which could help to bringing electricity to many people who don t have it The winning design will receive a 1 000 000 prize fund The deadline for registering is 30 September 2014 For more information on

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/google-offers-1m-prize-next-generation-invertor (2016-02-16)
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