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  • Innovative cookstove business secures support from the Climate Innovation Centre | GVEP International
    women would also speak of a lack of time to boil water In response to this challenge Kenneth designed and fabricated a multipurpose fuel efficient cookstove called EARS Energy All Round Stove The stove is compatible with different types of biomass and features an inner jacket that can be filled with 7 litres of water This unique design feature both improves heat transfer efficiency and allows for water to be boiled simultaneously whilst cooking Once boiled the water is 95 free from bacteria and contaminants Over the last 3 years Kenneth has tested and refined the product He is now looking to scale up production but is facing a number of challenges My greatest obstacle has been getting a reliable person or organisation that could fabricate the stove and maintain standards This made me lose a very lucrative supply contract to a reputable organisation The other challenge is finances to support the fabrication of the stoves at a reliable facility and also to develop the distribution and marketing model that I have designed In September 2012 Kenneth applied for support from the CIC to address these challenges GVEP International as the lead partner for advisory services to the CIC has been working closely with Kenneth since then to identify and evaluate manufacturing options e g evaluating the pros and cons of manufacturing stoves components lining cladding separately vs together evaluate potential manufacturing partners review stove transportation options and prepare applications for financing I was attracted to the CIC due to its goal of assisting innovators So far I would say the technical advice and support in visiting and identifying credible fabrication facilities have been of great benefit Going forward the CIC will further assist Kenneth to quantify the company s financial needs and to identify sources of working capital and

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  • IDEAS2 Solar project taking off in rural Suriname | GVEP International
    not have 24 7 access to electricity Many rural communities depend on kerosene lamps and or candles for night light This aggravates respiratory conditions and can be costly Alternatively some communities have access to electricity from diesel generators but this fuel is very expensive and so electricity is on for only a few hours a day Guguplex sells and maintains solar equipment on a retail basis through its store in Paramaribo and intends to provide solar lighting at minimal cost through assistance from a local micro finance institution Guguplex held an official launch of their project in October and has started implementing their programme in one of the targeted villages at Stoelmans Island in the Tapanahony area Fourteen people have been trained so far in the maintenance of PV systems A solar system was installed at a school on Stoelmans Island to provide the students with power to the IT room and internet access One hundred and fifty five children from the school were taught the principles of solar electricity and were shown how solar panels work to provide electricity The coordinator of Education inspired by this story would like to use this project as example to replicate it in other remote located schools This project will build on work already started on a pro bono basis It is intended that at the end of two years 80 homes across five communities in the country will have solar PV systems installed In addition two schools including that on Stoelmans Island will benefit by having systems installed on their premises The project also aims to increase employment by training 25 entrepreneurs to provide solar equipment directly in rural communities The project sponsors have already established a working relationship with the Women s Business Group a local micro credit unit and the

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/ideas2-solar-project-taking-rural-suriname (2016-02-16)
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  • GVEP boosts energy SMEs in Rwanda | GVEP International
    ran a training workshop on energy financing for financial institutions in Rwanda in an effort to promote access to loans for project developers and off grid lighting companies Held in conjunction with EWSA the workshop targeted Rwanda based financial institutions interested in starting or expanding their lending activities within the energy sector The Government of Rwanda wants to revamp the energy sector including electricity generation says David Disch GVEP s Sustainable Markets Advisor Private investment is on the rise But lending by local banks has thus far required significant levels of collateral and interest rates are high In the training we looked at the basics of project finance and risk assessment in energy projects If banks are better prepared and understand the economics of such energy enterprises it will be easier for energy entrepreneurs to access capital locally Participants were involved in theoretical and hands on exercises as part of the training and were given the chance to visit a Musarara hydro site and a solar shop GVEP developed a detailed reference manual which was used to facilitate the workshop To date GVEP has supported 2 hydro sites which are seeking funding One of them is Amahoro Energy which aims to increase power generation capacity in Rwanda through the construction of a 3MW run of river hydropower connected to the grid GVEP is providing technical and financing advisory support to Amahoro Energy through our offices in Kigali and Nairobi The Project will also support distributors of low cost off grid lighting products The Private Sector Federation PSF and GVEP will provide advice on marketing and business plans and the expansion of rural distribution networks EWSA will provide grant financing support to selected enterprises to implement marketing activities and increase product sales GVEP has submitted one lighting grant application for approval

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/gvep-boosts-energy-smes-rwanda (2016-02-16)
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  • Linking businesses for a stronger future | GVEP International
    that the mentors who assess the entrepreneur s needs and propose possible business linkages These are then further assessed by the GVEP Business Development Services team Immaculate Nakitende is a former school teacher in her early fifties based in Kalungu a small town in southern Uganda She started her small business in 2009 primarily selling improved cookstoves solar lanterns and small solar home units in an area which has scant electricity access Over the last three years Immaculate has experienced growth in various aspects of her business Two loans from the local SACCO both of which have been paid back allowed her to obtain more stock and move into her own shop on Kalungu s main street My profit has never gone below UGX500 000 185 this year she explains During peak times such as Christmas I can make a profit of UGX2 million 740 As a teacher Immaculate s monthly salary was UGX200 000 74 Through increased income from her energy business she saved enough money over the last three years to buy a saloon car for her personal and business needs Through GVEP s Market Development Activities which enable entrepreneurs to participate in local market days Immaculate was linked with Farooq Kiryowa another entrepreneur within GVEP s network based on the outskirts of Kampala approximately two hours away by road Farooq s enterprise Uganda Energy Foundation produces improved cookstoves that are sold primarily to retailers Through the business linkage Immaculate bought a first batch of 25 stoves from Farooq which she sold within two months She bought two sizes of stoves from him the smaller of the two able to accommodate a family of 5 at UGX10 000 3 7 which retails at UGX15 0000 5 5 and a bigger size able to serve a family of 10 at UGX12 000 4 7 which retails at UGX20 000 7 4 After selling her first stock from Farooq Immaculate ordered a second stock of 30 stoves of which she has almost sold out While Immaculate still stocks two other leading stove brands that retail at between UGX25 000 9 3 and UGX45 000 16 7 Customers like the quality of the stoves and they also find them more affordable says Immaculate who factors in UGX1 000 0 37 per stove for transport from Kampala to Kalungu I will continue stocking them as long as the quality remains the same In neighbouring Tanzania Mpanduji Mhanda resides in Isesa a village that has no electricity grid access Mpanduji has been operating a solar phone charging business since 2008 which has been serving the community He has since diversified into a small barber shop and beauty salon both of which use solar energy to operate Using a diesel generator to operate the business was expensive and noisy Mpanduji recalls noting the two litres of diesel he needed to operate the generator each day would cost him TZS3 000 1 8 Now he is able to operate his enterprise using clean energy Mpanduji

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  • News | GVEP International
    by NTV Kenya to reveal a growing renewable energy market The next frontier where renewable energy and investment meet in Africa With a degree of innovation and willing investors small scale energy entrepreneurs in Africa are revealing the growing potential of the renewable energy sector on the Continent Energy promoters create new markets in Honduras The first students of the Renewable Energy diploma course are to graduate from the Zamorano Panamerican Agricultural School having contributed to create a new energy market These newly trained micro entrepreneurs are enabling people in rural areas of Honduras to access credit to install and maintain renewable energy systems Civil Society Call Energy for All 2030 GVEP has joined a diverse group of 71 civil society organizations from Europe and Sub Saharan Africa to call on EU leaders to commit to eradicating energy poverty and achieving universal energy access by 2030 GVEP to partner with Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund for Round 2 of REACT Competition GVEP has teamed up with the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund AECF a 120 million private sector fund to provide Technical Assistance to applicants of the 2 nd application window of the Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies Competition REACT Competition Mini grid policy paper advocates solution to Africa s power crisis Could local small scale generation of electrical power help to solve Africa s power crisis A new policy briefing from GVEP suggests locally built and managed mini utilities can work but significant barriers exist in Africa to any easy scaling up of such initiatives Senegalese SMEs empowered to scale up to new heights With the promise of more power on the way thanks to a joint energy programme in Senegal seven entrepreneurs underwent a GVEP business training with the aim to expand their use of energy for productive

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news?page=15 (2016-02-16)
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  • GVEP called to showcase its work on cookstoves at international conference in Kenya | GVEP International
    needed to catalyze the clean cookstoves and fuel market in the country as outlined in the Kenya Country Action Plan s roadmap CAP Under the Spark Fund Program GVEP is working with a group of local producers based in the Central and Kisumu areas of Kenya to develop new stove designs that can offer improved performance over other local models Showcased at the conference s exhibition the stove prototypes are being assessed with input from local manufacturers and end users They are being tested by local testing centers and universities so as to understand how they perform in terms of thermal efficiency and the amount of harmful emissions they emit with the aim of optimising the parameters while maintaining their ability to be manufactured by local artisans Over the next few months local entrepreneurs will be trained on the production of the new stoves and assisted to kick start their marketing and production activities Micro enterprises often struggle to engage in research and development activities due to lack of funds and expertise Through the Spark Fund we have been able to engage them in the development of new products that can offer benefits to the end user and improve their business offering explained Laura Clough a Technical Specialist at GVEP She added As the sector looks towards developing new standards for improved cookstoves and making them cleaner and more efficient it is important that local enterprises are able to participate fully in this process CCAK was formed as a national coordinating body to oversee implementation of the CAP in Kenya The association is a member based organization which is guided by an executive committee of which GVEP International is the NGO representative According to the World Bank more than 1 2 billion people 20 per cent of the world s

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/fr/node/20911 (2016-02-16)
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  • A new GVEP report assesses the improved cookstove market in East Africa | GVEP International
    on fuel wood collection and exposure to harmful emissions The report entitled Improved Cookstove Sector in East Africa Experience from the Developing Energy Enterprise Programme DEEP was released today It describes how our programme in East Africa has supported cookstove enterprises and shares the lessons learnt over the past five years This report aims to analyse and document GVEP International s experience working with improved cookstove businesses in East Africa through its Developing Energy Enterprise Programme DEEP It describes the context of improved cookstoves in East Africa and provides an overview of the cookstove markets in each of the three countries before going on to describe how the DEEP programme has supported cookstove enterprises and the challenges and lessons learnt from the programme In addition it examines results from stove testing done on cookstoves produced under the DEEP programme Based on this experience the report finally goes on to present a strategy for GVEP International to take its cookstove work forward in the future Some of the key lessons learnt and presented in the report include Some cookstove producers will compromise on quality and favour shorter life span stoves expecting customers to come back frequently Their perception is that customers prefer cheaper products and that supplying cheaper less durable products is better for their business Consumer awareness of quality cookstoves and their benefits is low and needs to be incorporated into cookstove programmes Business owners need to be persuaded that stoves capable of performing to a higher standard are economic to make and will sell They need to be supported through a process of trialling and testing new designs to the point where they are confident a market exists for the new product The DEEP programme has demonstrated that where entrepreneurs have put their training into practice and demonstrated commitment

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  • BiD Network announces Fast5 Challenge winners | GVEP International
    five winners of the Fast5 Challenge Launched in June the competition aimed to identify five high growth businesses operating in emerging markets to present them to ready to invest financiers GroFin GVEP Pearl Capital Partners SEAF Annona InReturn Capital and Oikocredit A total of 268 applications were submitted and then 23 were pre selected to undergo assessment by the jury The finalists will receive extensive coaching matchmaking support and an all expenses paid trip to the Growing SMEs Conference in the Netherlands in November 2012 There they will have the opportunity to meet face to face with investors and other potential business partners The winners Izzy Projects is a Netherlands based company operating in Kenya where it develops and operates wind turbine projects to power tea factories These factories are generally located in areas with high wind power potential thus presenting the opportunity for self generating their energy supply Talli is an ethical fashion brand that delivers quality and style focused clothing using eco friendly material produced with the aim of economically empowering disadvantaged communities By working with women entrepreneurs in Peru Talli produces high quality clothing from alpaca fibre and distributes wealth to marginalised women C R Kajuna and Company farms a 10 hectare area of crops providing ample fodder for 300 top quality beehives already owned by the company In addition to the bee colony the enterprise has also contracted 49 small rural beekeepers to supply raw honey which is processed and exported to European high demand market or sold to satisfy the local honey demand or produce honey products Principal Company Ltd has primarily dealt with the importation and sale of bakery ingredients Despite providing a steadily growing business over the past decade the company has noted the potential market in Tanzania and East Africa more generally

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/bid-network-announces-fast5-challenge-winners (2016-02-16)
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