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  • Africa Express meets 3 energy entrepreneurs to review DEEP programme | GVEP International
    years DEEP is supporting 900 micro small and medium size enterprises that provide energy products and services to more than 1 8 million people in rural and periurban areas in Kenya Uganda and Tanzania The Africa Express team arrived in East Africa in mid October They first went to Tanzania and will then go to Kenya and Uganda Claire and Jeremy asked to meet 3 of the 900 small scale entrepreneurs enrolled in DEEP programme They will spend 2 to 3 days with each of the following entrepreneurs Fausta Ntara Tanzania Patrick Mwangi Kenya and Margret Kisakye Uganda Africa Express will follow the entrepreneurs in their daily activities to learn more about their background business and products They will also meet their respective Business Mentors and customers Afterwards they will head north to finish their journey in Egypt Find out more about the three entrepreneurs selected by Africa Express Fausta Ntara produces various kinds of improved cookstoves that she sells to households wholesalers schools and hospitals She attended several seminars in Dar es Salaam where she learned about charcoal stoves and acquired the technical knowledge that would provide the foundations for her business She started her business in 2003 She received further training in management record keeping and planning after enrolling in DEEP programme This has enabled her to improve her customer relations and the quality of her products As her revenue increased Fausta used the extra savings to send her daughter to school Her business contributes to the preservation of the environment since her clients use less charcoal and firewood Patrick Mwangi is a trained aircraft technician who produces and sells biomass briquettes as well as briquette producing machines He started designing his machines seven years ago but he was facing serious technical difficulties Patrick came across GVEP by

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  • Climate Innovation Centre opens in Nairobi to unleash Kenya’s green business potential | GVEP International
    private sector leaders and development agencies Keneth Ndua founder of start up Fawandu is an entrepreneur who is developing a domestically produced high efficiency stove that simultaneously cooks and sanitizes water through boiling I want to provide clean water and cooking to 24 000 households and create 550 jobs 400 of which will be for women The support of the CIC would help me with the commercialization and rollout of our products at the national level he says The CIC is supported by the World Bank s infoDev in partnership with the government of Denmark and Britain s UKAid The CIC is an innovative model to accelerate locally owned locally developed solutions to climate change In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving climate resiliency it will accelerate business in high growth sectors such as renewable energy agriculture clean water and energy efficiency The Climate Innovation Centre will contribute to Kenya s transformation to a middle income country in line with the Government s Vision 2030 strategy says Alex Alusa Advisor on Climate Issues in the Office of Kenya s Prime Minister It will enable small and medium enterprises in Kenya and the region achieve the essential technological advancement and catalyze innovative technology The Kenya CIC was developed in close consultation with Kenyan partners to ensure local relevance and long term sustainability It is hosted by the Strathmore Business School in collaboration with Global Village Energy Partnership GVEP International PriceWaterhouseCoopers PWC and the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute KIRDI The centre will help Kenya achieve a mix of economic environmental and social results including jobs created and companies launched a reduction of CO2 emissions greater climate resiliency access to clean energy and water and strengthened technology and innovation capacity The Kenya CIC is part of infoDev s Climate

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  • GVEP partners with Sida to manage a USD7 million programme focusing on energy businesses in East Africa | GVEP International
    cost of finance as a major constraint to current operations A 2011 GVEP study shows that 61 of the micro entrepreneurs interviewed said that lack of capital was one of their main business challenges The Capital Access for Renewable Energy Enterprises CARE2 project wants to tackle this major issue through a combination of interventions designed to increase both the supply of capital to businesses and their capacity to deploy that capital effectively This would be achieved by supporting them with access to information and expertise about matters such as general business functions technology supply chains etc By supporting the creation and growth of energy focused micro small and medium sized enterprises in Kenya Tanzania Uganda and Rwanda the overall objective of the project is to contribute to the growth of a sustained market for renewable energy by Improving conditions for poor people to participate in growth market development and entrepreneurship Increasing the availability of sustainable affordable and appropriate energy services to those unserved or underserved Improving the position of women both in the jobs market and at home Enhancing environmental sustainability This geographic scope will be supported by GVEP s current presence and experience in the region GVEP will work at three levels to reach the expected outcomes of this programme This will include a Technical Assistance Facility providing advice to businesses seeking capital a significant extension to our Loan Guarantee Activities and a number of sector focused enterprise development projects such as improved cookstoves solar solar phone charging businesses etc Women should especially benefit from this program as one of its priorities is to address gender issues As the burden of inadequate energy access falls disproportionately on women a project that helps improve energy access will disproportionately benefit them Furthermore GVEP s experience suggests that women are increasingly participating

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  • GVEP releases its 2011-2012 Annual Review | GVEP International
    material Resources GVEP releases its 2011 2012 Annual Review Posted by Mayda Bakri 24 Sep 2012 In this year s review we are recounting our achievements and journey as 2012 marks our tenth anniversary In the last five years our work has helped improve the lives of almost two million people across Africa Latin America and the Caribbean Through inspiring case studies we show how our work towards delivering improved access to clean and sustainable energy has a positive impact in the fields of health agriculture small businesses households and education It is also an opportunity to present our newest activities and programmes as well as to lay out our goals for the coming years GVEP s mission to increase access to clean and affordable energy has the principal benefit of improving human welfare while simultaneously addressing challenges for employment income economic growth and the environment This year the work we do is more important than ever not in spite of the great twin global challenges of economic and environmental uncertainty but because of them says Matthew Mendis Chair of GVEP Board of Trustees Download GVEP International s 2011 12 Annual Review Share this page Interested in our work See

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  • OFID approves a grant to support part of a GVEP 3MW hydro plant project in Northern Rwanda | GVEP International
    Africa In Rwanda one focus is to allow capital subsidies to private independent power producers Small hydro projects are assisted by providing part of the capital requirements of the projects enabling the leveraging of funds from banks and investors The grant will help the project in the pre investment phase to complete the feasibility study and reach financial closure more quickly as part of the financing is in place The Nyundo project aims to increase in national power generation capacity in rural Rwanda through the construction of a 3MW run of river hydropower connected to the grid which is currently being extended in the Shira valley The 3MW project corresponds to an increase of almost 4 in national power supply which is urgently needed in Rwanda due to the progressing expansion of the grid into rural areas and economic growth In 2009 the grid supplied 175 000 connections with 245 GWh of available capacity The Nyundo project would add an additional 18 5 GWh per year equivalent to the power consumption of a further 13 000 households in Rwanda GVEP has already engaged with the company Amahoro Energy in the framework of the ESME Project The company has experience in

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  • GVEP International registered as an NGO in Senegal | GVEP International
    to get closer to its Francophone partners and to support and assist rural and energy SMEs in West Africa We are already present in East Africa and the Caribbean A Business Manager and a SME Development Specialist have been working for the past year in the country to run the Energy SMEs programme ESME that supports rural and energy businesses in Senegal The ESME programme funded by the Russian Government through a World Bank trust fund is working to provide affordable energy to households and small businesses in Sub Saharan Africa GVEP worked with the World Bank to define the programme s focus and is in charge of technical assistance and capacity building to scale up the selected businesses In Senegal GVEP is helping develop the productive use of energy The organisation works closely with some Senegalese entrepreneurs whose activity is limited by lack of access to electricity Ensuring their development and sustainability will serve the rural sector and create employment To date GVEP has identified seven projects three dairies two touristic sites an agriculture centre and a poultry farm GVEP is already working with the managers in developing a business plan For further information regarding the activities of GVEP

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  • Making institutional cookstoves an affordable option for Kenyan schools | GVEP International
    periodic maintenance as a follow up service and to ensure clients are satisfied Kartech is not a large operation and its humble appearance can be easily dismissed However it fits within a critical sector of the Kenyan economy called jua kali an informal industry made up mainly of micro SMEs that provide employment and contribute over 15 to the country s GDP Though considered the region s powerhouse Kenya is considered a developing country that is grappling with the challenges of becoming an industrialised nation which is why businesses such as Kartech play a vital role they provide a source of livelihood and solutions to millions GVEP began to engage with Kartech as a supplier in 2011 with the aim of providing a way to help schools purchase institutional cookstoves through its Loan Guarantee Fund At prices ranging from KSh65 000 for a 40 litre US 750 to KSh 230 000 US 2 700 for a 300 litre capacity cookstove the upfront cost can be prohibitive for schools With this in mind GVEP has partnered with Unaitas SACCO formerly known as Muramatti SACCO a financial institution Kartech and three other cookstove enterprises to help ease the burden of schools in purchasing stoves Through this model each of the cookstove suppliers Kartech included can identify schools that wish to buy institutional stoves Once appraised by Unaitas SACCO the approved learning institution is then required to become a member of the SACCO and put a 30 deposit after which the funds for the total loan are disbursed to the supplier in two instalments The school then repays Unaitas SACCO with GVEP covering part of the credit risk After delivery a school has up to two years to make repayments which are followed up by Unaitas SACCO Mrs Muthoni is in the administration of Outspan Medical Training College located in the town of Nyeri in Central Kenya Prior to buying institutional stoves the college used inefficient three stone fires for cooking and heating and occasionally electricity As you know the price of electricity is so expensive notes Muthoni who came across Kartech while visiting a local hotel and admired the way their stoves were efficient and neat and the kitchen staff could work with ease Previously we were using six trucks worth of firewood in four months Now we use three trucks for our four cookstoves 600 300 and two 100 litre capacity and a water boiler also made by Kartech Mrs Muthoni explains adding that it now amounts to KSh 18 000 US 220 for firewood Located near Mount Kenya and known for its very cold temperatures heating in Nyeri is necessary Before purchasing the water boiler students had to bathe with cold water with some catching pneumonia With the boiler she explains that one log of wood is enough to keep water for all the students heated and sickness has reduced considerably I would recommend Kartech s stoves We are very happy and do not regret it We were able to

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  • Winners of the 2012 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest for the Caribbean announced | GVEP International
    Belize These proposals will be granted a total of US 1 486 000 to develop innovative energy efficiency or renewable energy solutions that have local or regional benefits provide jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions In addition to grant funding winners will receive technical and business development support to implement or scale up their ideas as well as access to other experts policy makers institutions and potential financial partners The goal is to enable the winners to turn their ideas into financially sustainable businesses helping solve the energy problems facing the region This round of the contest was targeted specifically at the Caribbean with financial support provided by UKAid from the Department for International Development DFID The wider contest is also sponsored and supported by GVEP International the Government of South Korea and the Inter American Development Bank IDB Local innovation and the adaptation of existing technologies to local circumstances could have a dramatic effect on energy supplies and prices This could stimulate new markets and change the way businesses operate in the region whilst also tackling climate change We are delighted to support this contest and wish the winners the best of success said Simone Banister Climate Change Adviser at DFID Caribbean The Caribbean region demonstrated that energy innovation is not the exclusive preserve of large economies said Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho Lead Energy Specialist at the IDB NOTES TO THE EDITOR What is IDEAS IDEAS is an Energy Innovation Contest to support the development of innovative projects promoting renewable energies and improving energy efficiency IDEAS was first launched in 2009 and this is the third call for proposals focussing on the Caribbean region About 200 applications have been received and 8 winners were selected For more information see http www iadb org ideas About the sponsors and implementing

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