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  • Winners announced for Ideas to Impact Cylinder Prize | GVEP International
    presented by a number of solvers and was selected as the winning innovation by the judges Three solvers Shikha Sharma Mike Mackay and consultancy firm MCA Ingénierie each won part of the first prize award for submitting that idea Each submission presented some particularities which made their solution unique and complementary to the others either because of a technical innovation or because the business model was innovative The market for efficient cleaner cooking technology is immense Poor indoor air quality causes significant morbidity among the world s disadvantaged Prize winner Mike Mackay said It s an appliance that s cheap to make easy to use and important for daily life What s not to love he added The proposed solution the Skoon Stove has the aim of reduction in air pollutants saving a number of lives in developing countries at the same time addressing the worldwide issue of global warming The business model is highly sustainable as it involves the development of stoves using local material recycling of waste and will also result in employment generation Shikha Sharma said MCA Ingénierie said that the strength of the solution is that cookstoves already have an existing market Other winning ideas involved

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  • Solar energy entrepreneur with keen eye for opportunity | GVEP International
    communication frustrations fishmongers went through by remaining in a communication blackout for several hours when their phones went off Initially starting off with two car batteries to charge phones Zakaria would travel to Mganza six kilometres away to charge the batteries at 0 1 TZS 200 His business could not sustain the high costs From his savings Zakaria bought a 75 Watts solar panel at the end of 2013 to power his business He however did not have any knowledge on effective utilisation of solar power including on the right accessories to use for optimum power generation and utilisation Moreover he never had records of his business and hence could not clearly assess its performance His enrolment in a GVEP enterprise support programme a year later transformed his business Besides providing him with business mentorship and support GVEP linked Zakaria to the Tanzania Postal Bank where he was able to acquire a 617 TZS 1 500 000 loan that he used to expand his solar phone charging venture GVEP operates a small loan guarantee programme to support lending by local financial institutions to small businesses These loans facilitate the purchase of solar equipment supplied by partners working with GVEP in Tanzania Through solar power the entrepreneurs are able to expand and diversify their businesses says Adam Following GVEP s team s advice Zakaria diversified into a number of activities including selling of airtime top up scratch cards and mobile money transfer services Zakaria also set up a pool table playing facility to tap onto the growing number of young people and fish mongers who didn t have much to do with their free time Initially I would charge between 10 and 15 mobile phones per day but that number has now doubled I am also able to light up to

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  • CaribShare Biogas crowdfund to realise “Waste to Cash” programme | GVEP International
    the construction of their biogas plant which will promote rural development in Jamaica CaribShare turns organic waste from hotels and small pig farms into biogas and fertilizer for sale to help solve the challenges energy access and rural poverty in Jamaica Their business model has tangible social returns the biogas is used to produce clean electricity and they share up to 50 of their surplus revenues with the participating farmers as income to help support their livelihoods and vitality of their communities This Waste to Cash programme is expected to earn a farmer with 50 pigs US 1000 per year Caribshare one of the eight winners of the IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest 2012 benefitted from a grant and GVEP s advice to construct a pilot digester in Montego Bay which is the first biogas plant in Jamaica to produce electricity on a sustained basis The plant will process over 1 400 tons of organic waste annually from hotels as well as over 50 small pig farms from several communities in Northern Trelawny The company has enough funds to cover 85 of the cost of constructing the biogas plant and it is aiming to raise the remaining US 20K through a

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  • GVEP partnering to promote Green Growth in Kenya | GVEP International
    catalysing investments for sustainable growth The Conference was also a platform for discussions on the impact of climate change on business environment and for promoting climate friendly technologies for farming industrial and domestic use A wide range of participants attended the event from the public sector regional and country levels to private sector investors development partners financial services institutions and household decision makers Innovators and renewable energy entrepreneurs such as GVEP supported ethanol cookstove business Consumers Choice Ltd had the opportunity to showcase their work during the event The company has already sold more than 10 000 ethanol cookstoves in Kenya and is looking to setup its ethanol gel manufacturing facility in the country soon I am grateful to GVEP for giving our company the much needed exposure This is important as not many people are familiar with our products and how they can reduce energy costs for both high and low end consumers says Mohammed Kadhi Business Development Director at Consumers Choice One of the participants at the event Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu expressed how impressed he is with GVEP s work in supporting access to energy and is considering working with a range of GVEP supported entrepreneurs to supply improved cookstoves in his county In addition to organising and promoting the conference GVEP also made presentations during the plenary session on eco entrepreneurship and sustainable development Kenya is a member of the Global Green Growth Forum 3GF which was initiated by the Danish Government in 2011 in collaboration with the Republic of Korea and Mexico and held every year This national event was co hosted by the Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust MESPT in partnership with several institutions including GVEP the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre KCIC the International Labour Organization ILO HIVOS SNV GIZ Kenya Private Sector Alliance

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  • Business mentoring brings solar to more off-grid customers in Rwanda | GVEP International
    phone charging salon in the sleepy village of Nyabisagara Noticing that most of the area s residents depended on kerosene lamps and candles for lighting Jean Bosco saw an opportunity to start supplying solar power to the neighbouring households I was well aware of the health and safety hazards of using kerosene lamps and candles on a daily basis Additionally because I dropped out of school I m keen to see that children are able to study with proper illumination and to perform better in their studies says Jean Bosco For Jean Bosco however technical knowledge was a challenge He was unsure about the capability of his solar system Its improper installation and the lack of a regulator saw him lose a considerable amount of power Financial management marketing and customer care were also major challenges for the new entrepreneur GVEP spotted his potential and enthusiasm and enrolled him in the Capital Access for Renewable Energy Enterprises CARE2 programme in 2014 to help him meet the community s growing energy demand GVEP s team assisted Jean Bosco in expanding the size of his system From the business savings he bought two 100 Watts solar panels enough to power both his business and 8 households On average Jean Bosco makes between 100 107 75 000 and 80 000 RWF from the phone charging and hair cutting businesses On a daily basis I charge between 25 and 30 phones and shave between 15 and 20 people In addition I supplement my income by supplying any excess power to the neighbourhood he explains Some of the neighbouring households have also set up shops and businesses that are solar powered The rural centre is now abuzz with activity with some businesses remaining open late into the night GVEP has also supported Jean Bosco in

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  • SEED awarded enterprises receive investment readiness training | GVEP International
    reports Technology factsheets Training material Resources SEED awarded enterprises receive investment readiness training Posted by Laura Nolan 11 Sep 2015 500 delegates joined this year s SEED Africa Symposium Building Bridges for Impact Green and Inclusive Growth through Entrepreneurship held on 9 10 September in Nairobi Kenya The event organised by SEED in cooperation with a variety of international partners was one of the largest gatherings on social and eco entrepreneurship in East Africa It brought together entrepreneurs business leaders policy makers investors lenders and practitioners to share co create and explore new partnerships The delegates had the opportunity to examine emerging trends in the green and entrepreneurship space and look into ways to amplify the impact of social and eco enterprises Shashank Verma GVEP s Senior SME Advisor delivered an Investment Readiness training session to a SEED Awards winners and provided them practical tips on how to make their business investment ready He also gave an overview of the funding process i e raising equity debt and grant capital and crowdfunding The training session was well received and more than 30 entrepreneurs benefitted from this training Share this page Interested in our work See our programmes in Africa Why

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  • GVEP driving the uptake of cookstoves and briquettes in Kenya | GVEP International
    in from Kenya s Coastal region to showcase their products at the Buxton Grounds in Mombasa County on the Kenyan coast in an event that received endorsement through the attendance of key political leaders in the area led by the local Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Shariff Nasir Five of the exhibitors were women a significant number as GVEP is striving to achieve the involvement of least 40 of women owned businesses Richard Omollo a Jiko Smart cladding expert and producer from Kisumu in western Kenya also attended the event sharing his knowledge and expertise on ICS technology with the other entrepreneurs The event was a good occasion for entrepreneurs to increase visibility of their products through displays and door to door sales in the surrounding residential areas Briquettes and other improved stoves specifically the Jiko Smart recorded high levels of sales during the event with some entrepreneurs recording an increase of up to 40 GVEP Kenya Business Development Services Coordinator Maurice Onzere says the market promotion drive not only provided a competitive platform for quality products and peer learning for the entrepreneurs but it also allowed entrepreneurs to expand their potential clientele base The event enabled entrepreneurs to make the most of a large market for their products which was evidenced by the huge sales recorded on that day Additionally they were exposed to different selling techniques and were able to learn from fellow producers says Maurice Six business linkages were established during the event with respective entrepreneurs managing to create direct partnerships with community and women s groups as well as with the Mombasa County Government One of the entrepreneurs that benefitted from this is GVEP supported cookstove producer Mohammed Rashid from Mohammed Rashid Works who was also linked to the Mvita constituency social welfare department thanks to the

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  • International challenge to stimulate use of LPG in Ghana | GVEP International
    The prize challenge invited researchers innovators and scientists across the world to submit social economic and environmental friendly solutions for the recycling of bad quality LPG cylinders in Sub Saharan More than 600 potential solvers expressed interest in the challenge The process of assessing the entries is now underway Winners will be selected by a panel of judges with expertise in the field with value given primarily to viable and innovative solutions with high social environmental and economic impacts This first intervention phase is part of a larger initiative which aims to support the Government of Ghana in its objective to increase safe access to LPG as a cooking fuel The government wants 50 of households in the country using LPG for cooking Two other challenges will support this ambition if the government goes ahead with policy reforms currently under discussion The first will aim at helping the Government and the industry to understand Ghanaian consumers needs and how to engage in a constructive dialogue while the second will reach out to enterprises specialised in LPG distribution and engage them in finding innovative solutions to make LPG available in rural areas These innovation prizes are being deliberately tested in the

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