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  • SunCulture technology gives hope to farmers in Kenya | GVEP International
    Irrigation Kit combines cost effective solar pumping technology with a high efficiency drip irrigation system which makes it cheaper and easier for farmers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables The pump allows farmers to pull water from a variety of water sources including groundwater and lakes using solar power Water is then pumped into a raised storage tank during the day enabling irrigation to take place during the evening SunCulture s solar powered drip irrigation systems deliver water directly to crop roots resulting in yield gains of up to 300 and water savings of up to 80 There is demand for this type of irrigation system because farmers are always looking for ways to minimise their costs The largest cost incurred by farmers is the cost of fuel or electricity for their water pumps with the typical farmer spending more than 20 000 shillings USD 238 monthly on energy costs said Mr Nichols founder of SunCulture GVEP s Advisory Services started working with SunCulture in July 2013 with an aim to provide strategic advice and support focused on three key areas end user financing capital raising and market feasibility studies Working alongside SunCulture GVEP is seeking to raise capital support potential expansion to new markets and ensure end user financing is in place Molly Doyle GVEP s Advisory Services Manager and her team believe this is an innovation they want to support It s exciting to see how farming can benefit from solar technology in arid areas of Kenya We believe that SunCulture can also offer solutions to urban and rural populations in other parts of Kenya We are working together with the SunCulture team to secure further resources to expand their operations within Africa said Molly A feasibility study and technical pilot for their launch into the Kenya market

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  • Kenyan companies win GE-USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge | GVEP International
    IndiGo lights and Afrisol a biogas company will each receive up to 100 000 to implement their initiatives Winners were chosen for demonstrating new business models to deliver sustainable renewable energy to under served marginalized populations Mibawa Suppliers Limited is proposing to distribute IndiGo lights using an innovative rent to own model to replace kerosene lamps for low income households in rural areas The company acts as a distributor for Azuri Technologies which previously received a 1Million award from the United States Agency for International Development USAID s Development Innovation Ventures DIV to support the establishment of pay as you go solar power in Rwanda The programme is being delivered in partnership with GVEP and aims to deploy solar home systems in Rwanda and provide a template for future deployment of PAYG solar lighting systems in other countries with low access to electricity In Kenya GVEP is working with Mibawa to expand their sales network on the country s coast Afrisol Energy Limited s entry is a proposal for the construction of a bio digester to produce electricity and biogas in the slums of Nairobi The company is one of the innovators being incubated at the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre CIC of which GVEP is one of four members tasked with setting up and managing the Centre for its first four years GVEP has supported Afrisol in partnership with the CIC to help finance R D of its biogas digester technology and provide advisory support on the implementation of biogas digesters in public schools across Kenya The GE USADF Off grid Energy Challenge was launched in Kenya and Nigeria this year with plans to expand to other African countries over the next 3 years The competition is part of the Power Africa initiative announced by President Barack Obama during his

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  • Kenyan energy efficient cookstove innovator receives recognition and a grant form Canadian government | GVEP International
    2013 Grand Challenges Canada funded by the Government of Canada awarded STAMP a seed grant of CAD 113 000 USD 100 000 Kenneth Ndua the founder and director of STAMP has developed an efficient cookstove with a built in compartment that enables the user to simultaneously boil water whilst cooking STAMP will use the grant to conduct a 100 stove pilot in Kilifi Cherengani and Githunguri and establish a stove manufacturing facility STAMP is one of over 70 entrepreneurs being incubated at the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre CIC a World Bank infoDev initiative designed to support the development and scale of locally relevant climate technologies in Kenya The CIC is being implemented by four consortium partners GVEP International Pricewaterhouse Coopers Strathmore University and the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute KIRDI STAMP developed their Grand Challenges Canada grant application in partnership with the CIC and GVEP International and will be working closely with both organisations over the next 12 months to implement the grant STAMP s water boiling stove is one of 83 inventive new ideas being funded by Grand Challenges Canada to address health problems in resource poor countries The Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health programme seeks

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  • GVEP appoints West African Trustee | GVEP International
    fundraising areas He is Chairman and CEO of the African Biofuel and Renewable Energy Company ABREC as well as a board member for ECOBANK and Vice President for Africa of the Group of Experts on Global Energy Efficiency 21 GEE21 Mr Tall is a Senegalese national based in Lome Togo I am very pleased to be joining GVEP s board Mr Tall commented This is a time of huge opportunity for expanding access to sustainable energy in sub Saharan Africa and I believe GVEP s focus on the role that markets and enterprise development can play in realizing those opportunities is vitally important After completing his Master s degree in Finance and Economics from Cheick Anta Diop University in Dakar Mr Tall worked in the Ministry of Finance and Economic affairs before being recruited by the ECOWAS Bank of Investment and Development He held several positions there including Head of Division Operational Policies and Procedures Director of the NEPAD and resources mobilization unit and Director of studies and strategic planning Furthermore he was Director of the African Biofuel and Renewable Energies Fund ABREF before becoming Chairman and CEO of ABREC in 2011 Ben Good CEO of GVEP said We are

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  • Stakeholders forum in Kampala calls for schools to adopt improved cookstoves to cut expenditure by up to 50% | GVEP International
    quality improved stoves among institutions and schools in particular A recent study commissioned by GVEP in the Wakiso district shows shat schools spend up to 400 000 UGX US 158 per month on fuel for cooking meals and heating water with urban schools spending twice this amount This puts significant strain on parents contributing to the financial pressure that causes some of them to withdraw their children from school prematurely Feedback from some of the schools that have adopted improved cookstoves says that the cost of buying firewood have decreased by 50 In addition to saving money the interviewed schools reported a considerable reduction in the amount of smoke in the kitchens which results in a healthier environment for their employees Furthermore the time used for cooking is reduced significantly resulting in students being able to attend their classes without the periodic meal interruptions caused by cooking delays In spite of this evidence the uptake of IICS remains low for several reasons such as low awareness among schools of the IICS economic benefits arising from reduced firewood consumption the cost of acquiring the stove and the inability of schools to raise the money the lack of knowledge of available suppliers of IICS and previous negative experience with IICS manufacturers who did not meet the market minimum quality standards Over the next two years GVEP will be working with heads of schools IICS manufactures financial institutions and other key stakeholders to bridge this gap Today s event marks the start of what is hoped to be a long term partnership We have already identified a group of reputable IICS makers whose products are of guaranteed quality We are also currently partnering with three financial institutions to offer appropriate and affordable financial products to both schools and entrepreneurs says James Maillu GVEP

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  • News | GVEP International
    in emerging markets Winners operate in Kenya Peru and Tanzania GVEP was one of seven investment partners supporting the competition Africa Express meets 3 energy entrepreneurs to review DEEP programme The Africa Express team led by Claire Guibert and Jeremy Debreu is travelling across Africa by train to review sustainable energy projects as part of a study tour GVEP s Developing Energy Enterprises Project DEEP is one of the 19 projects selected by the Support Committee The pair has reached East Africa where they will spend some time with three entrepreneurs enrolled in DEEP programme Climate Innovation Centre opens in Nairobi to unleash Kenya s green business potential A new business hub for Kenyan climate technology entrepreneurs was launched in Nairobi on 26th September to boost locally sourced green technologies in the East Africa region GVEP partners with Sida to manage a USD7 million programme focusing on energy businesses in East Africa GVEP has just reached agreement with Sida the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency to manage the CARE2 project a USD7million programme to improve capital access in the renewable energy markets across four countries in East Africa GVEP releases its 2011 2012 Annual Review In this year s review we are recounting our achievements and journey as 2012 marks our tenth anniversary OFID approves a grant to support part of a GVEP 3MW hydro plant project in Northern Rwanda GVEP has just signed an agreement with OFID OPEC Fund for International Development for a grant of almost US 500 000 which will be used to co finance a 3MW hydropower plant near the rural village of Nyundo in northern Rwanda GVEP International registered as an NGO in Senegal GVEP has officially registered as an NGO in Senegal and opened an office in Dakar Making institutional cookstoves an affordable option

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news?page=12 (2016-02-16)
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  • GVEP International in East Africa | GVEP International
    I was very pleased to see many different stakeholders actively participating in the workshops including suppliers micro lenders SMEs project implementers NGOs donors and government representatives Shortly afterwards Onyango Joseph from the Rayland Rural Development Organisation wrote to me It was quite a wonderful moment for me to meet everyone in the last GVEP International meeting in Kampala I learnt many things and met new friends this is great The meetings enabled us to highlight GVEP International s new products and services that will be rolled out over the next few years We also focused on Monitoring and Evaluation which will be central to our activities and we engaged our partners in discussions on climate change to ensure that our position and efforts are aligned with GVEP Partners on the ground A major point which emerged was that Most people aren t interested in being told to plant trees when they don t have any money to eat We cannot split the climate change issues from economy GVEP Partners were invited to make short presentations describing their organisations and inspiring lively debate on issues such as micro credit for energy enterprises in rural villages Chris Sserunkuma from DFCU Bank had to answer questions such as Have you looked at the big obstacle of people not being able to pay either due to cultural reasons or because they simply have no money He replied We interview all perspective customers to ensure that the loans are viable for them We also employ consultants who teach people through seminars about the business of taking loans and the risks involved We were also grateful to have very interesting presentations given by our regionally located GAPFund project partners TaTEDO Tanzania WODSTA Tanzania Solar Cookers Kenya and the GAIA Foundation Zambia All of the presentations from

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  • Burning bright: carbon neutral briquettes from waste charcoal dust | GVEP International
    warm at night We also sell in bulk to hotels lodges and tourist camps who use briquettes for heating outdoor dining areas for heating water in rooms and tents and for cooking The minimal sparking levels of our fuel make it deal for windy outdoor venues where there might otherwise be a fire risk In the domestic sector we produce a variety of premium products targeting the barbecue market These are sold in small package sizes through local supermarkets and service stations How has your organisation impacted on energy access in these areas How have peoples lives been improved Our standard briquettes are some 40 cheaper by weight than regular charcoal enabling users to save significantly on their energy bills for heating and cooking Emissions are lower than charcoal because our raw material is fully carbonised and therefore contains almost no volatiles The product has significant environmental benefits because it directly displaces unsustainably produced lumpwood charcoal at the point of consumption by using waste material from the supply chain that is normally thrown away Where do you aim to go from here Are you hoping to expand develop etc We hope to expand the domestic market for our products as the public continues to buy more of its charcoal through formal retail outlets compared with the informal backstreet sales points they might previously have used Our equipment is aging and we hope to upgrade and overhaul the production facility as cashflow allows 4 Are you currently involved in a specific project if yes can you describe it if several the most relevant one and explain the benefits impact on the people Our most recent new venture has been a partnership with a community based organisation in the Kibera slum of Nairobi Instead of buying our raw material from large scale

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