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  • Senegalese women make inroads in energy markets | GVEP International
    her Latiere Bilaame Pul Debbo dairy in 2002 she was producing as much milk as she could refrigerate roughly 100 to 150 litres per day Demand for fresh pasteurised milk is large but her ability to upscale her production was limited by the inability to power larger machinery and fridges Some technology and business mentoring from GVEP along with support in accessing a loan changed all that Mrs Kandé used the loan to upgrade her machinery with modern technologies the two small freezers that preserved the milk were replaced with solar powered tanks and a cold room enabling her to save energy costs and double her production to 200 300 litres per day This success encouraged her to recruit six new staff members which increased her team from seven to thirteen I now feel confident in producing a wider variety of high quality dairy products and I hope to double the business s turnover by the end of the year said Mrs Kandé Another outstanding business that has taken off and enhanced economic growth in the region of Kédougou is GIE Mun al an enterprise that processes sheanuts baobab fruits and cereals such as fonio Mrs Diallo owner of the factory used to outsource the processing of her agricultural produce due to lack of appropriate machinery and power This ate into her profits and kept her business from growing With support from GVEP in mobilising funds she built a partly solar powered processing unit and brought the processing in house This initial investment doubled her turnover within the first year But the benefits extended beyond her business to the entire community With GVEP s support not only was my business able to grow and become more productive but jobs were also created for many others in my community explained Mrs

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  • Women bring solar energy to rural Rwanda | GVEP International
    business began to grow and she was able to purchase a solar panel that boosted her productivity increasing her working hours and income However lack of knowledge in technology business development and productive uses of energy scaled down the benefits her solar charging business could deliver Spotting her potential and enthusiasm GVEP enrolled her into the CARE 2 Capital Access for Renewable Energy Entreprises programme in June 2014 to help increase her productivity and thus meet the community s growing demand for energy GVEP gave Alphonsine s solar charging business the push it needed by providing her with training on business development technical support and market development all the while identifying her business s needs Victor Hakuzwumuremyi GVEP BDS Coordinator Her business is now serving many neighbouring communities enabling them to avoid long journeys to distant charging locations Profitability from switching to solar has also allowed her to open a barber shop and a canteen in addition to her phone charging business My business has shown tremendous improvement in the last year My monthly income has gone from 120 000 174 to 150 000 Rwf 217 and I have even been able to open up a new solar phone charging outlet Nyirahabimana Alphonsine Following GVEP s support Alphonsine s business success was acknowledged during the International Day of Rural Women celebrations on October 25th in Gisagara Southern Province as she was awarded for her contribution to the eradication of poverty by the Rwandan Minister of Trade and Commerce GVEP is currently supporting 83 women entrepreneurs in Rwanda who are using solar technologies to boost their businesses productivity Some of them started their business by using car batteries to provide power but made the switch to solar technologies after GVEP s intervention These alternative solutions have changed the lives of many

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  • Renewable energy businesses take part in crowdfunding initiative in East Africa | GVEP International
    says they hope to raise 25 000 to scale up their production from 2 tonnes per day to 4 tonnes per day acquire additional machinery and strengthen their distribution network in informal settlements Reports and resources from GVEP s DEEP project were very helpful in the development of their concept James Nyaga also received business advisory services training and support in crowdfunding from GVEP and the KCIC Cookstove producer Develatech has developed a stove that has a self feeding fuel mechanism so that the operator does not have to manually feed wood into the stove The stove also possesses a unique system to grip pots of various sizes to accommodate cooking that requires vigorous stirring for example ugali The stoves are very efficient as they offer a wide range of burners enabling users to cook more than one pot simultaneously Develatech are looking to raise 20 000 from the crowdfunding initiative to use as working capital but also to expand and increase production capacity and develop marketing strategies to improve the distribution of their products Global Supply Solutions was started in 2003 and is currently focussing on biomass briquetting They are currently setting up a plant at the Delmonte Farm in Thika Kenya where they hope to produce briquettes from pineapple waste They are looking to raise 50 000 to finish the factory and acquire the necessary machinery to facilitate production Skynotch was registered in 2012 and is currently crowdfunding to increase access to the Marathoner beacon solar system comprising of a torch solar panel and phone charger They have created a distribution model to enable them to reach consumers in off grid areas Their system has been largely successful and they are hoping to raise 50 000 to enable them to meet market demand for their products The crowdfunding

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  • How solar phone charging businesses in Tanzania are meeting the energy demand of mobile phone users | GVEP International
    chance to thrive GVEP is also providing training on marketing financial management record keeping and customer care Emmanuel John Ntemi is one such businessman from Bariadi He runs a small bicycle repair shop and a phone charging business which he started with a borrowed solar panel of 70 watts The panel allowed him to charge 15 phones per day and earn an additional 3000 Tshs 1 8 This was before GVEP identified him as a business with potential to grow and enrolled him in the programme As a result Emmanuel was introduced to a financial institution which loaned him 1 million Tshs 562 55 to buy his own solar equipment for powering both his charging business and a barber shop Emmanuel has since tripled the number of phones he can charge per day earning between 6000 Tshs 3 6 and 8000 Tshs 4 75 a day I am thankful for the support I have received from GVEP It has improved my life and that of my family I used to pay commissions to the friend who had lent me his solar power system which had a lot of technical issues Now I have a new reliable system and my customers appreciate my services I have also received training on business development through GVEP which has improved my understanding on how to run a business effectively Emmanuel John Ntemi GVEP supported entrepreneur Hemedi Juma Zullu is another businessman who has successfully harnessed the power of the sun to increase the profitability of his barber shop and to diversify into phone charging Having grown up in Bunambiyu a remote village situated 34 kilometers from Shinyanga Northern Tanzania he is aware of the challenges that off grid communities face but also of the opportunities that modern technologies present GVEP offered him business training

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/how-solar-phone-charging-businesses-tanzania-are-meeting-energy-demand-mobile-phone-us (2016-02-16)
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  • Juabar crowdfund to support solar phone charging in Tanzania | GVEP International
    hours or days travelling to a charging location using money that could be spent on other vital expenses such as food or education Juabar creates business opportunities in Tanzanian communities that lack convenient electricity access The company leases solar powered charging kiosks to local entrepreneurs and supports them through a franchise model The company finances the upfront costs of kiosks business trainings maintenance and support Electricity entrepreneurs called Juapreneurs pay a monthly lease fee to operate a kiosk and provide phone charging services to their community Arbogast Mkude one of Juabar s first entrepreneurs recognises the value Juabar has brought to rural entrepreneurs in Tanzania What strikes me about the quality of the services Juabar offers is the mutual understanding and communication between them and us On the other hand their equipment especially their phone charging machine model is very reliable My customers are extremely happy with the phone charging services I provide The company builds the kiosk structures in Tanzania working with local producers from the national vocational school Juabar technicians then assemble the solar charging electronics into the kiosks and package the units so that they are ready to be sent out to their new place of business The Juabar management team works with operators to understand local needs and to develop a sustainable business model One of Juabar s trainers Arbogast Munishi believes that Juabar has a very positive impact on the community People are coming together to solve their problems As a start up company Juabar co designs its operations with its Juapreneur network Arbogast continues Juabar is a learning organisation by working with Juapreneurs it is easier to understand what the demand is rather than just offering a service with no follow up To date Juabar has established 30 locations in the Morogoro and Pwani

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  • Women in Senegal to benefit from new opportunities in the energy market | GVEP International
    as they spend several hours a day collecting firewood cook on inefficient and smoky cookstoves which kill about 6 300 Senegalese each year according to WHO 2009 and rely on poor lighting for their house chores Women in the Tambacounda and Kedougou regions derive most of their income from agricultural crop processing and transformation activities Increasing energy access offers new economic opportunities for women both via productive use of energy applied to the processing of rice sorghum millet maize cotton baobab fruit and honey and via the sale of energy products and services This will not only contribute to women s economic empowerment but also have a considerable impact on their estimated 4 500 family members who will benefit from the extra income More significantly it will provide 400 000 women men and children with improved access to clean energy including small local trade businesses such as shopkeepers retail outlets and smallholders However women entrepreneurs face multiple barriers in participating in the energy market lack of skills training and educational opportunities lack of access to finance given that most of the collateral assets required by banks are controlled by men lack of awareness of energy as a service and as a business opportunity in the rural market lack of authority within the family and community coupled with prejudice about gender roles from male suppliers or distributors Addressing these barriers requires a systematic and integrated approach to improving women s position along the value chain GVEP and SEM Fund will work together with various actors at a local and national level to break down those barriers and challenge stereotypes 250 women will be recruited from communities in the regions of Tambacounda and Kedougou Age will not be a restriction both young and mature women are welcome to apply The selection criteria

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  • Clean cooking campaign enters new phase | GVEP International
    at the Cookstove Futures Summit in New York on November 21st Developing country governments pledged actions worth a further 300m The conference marks the start of phase two of a ten year campaign by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to bring cleaner cooking to 100 million households GVEP was one of 68 organisations making a pledge of support with 5m worth of programmes over the next three years funded by DFID and Sida In Ghana GVEP will be running a prize for clean cooking solutions working closely with the Ghanaian government Cookstove businesses including many women led businesses will also receive GVEP support in East and West Africa The biggest pledge at the conference was a 200m commitment from the US government focussed around developing effective and innovative solutions to the challenge of moving 2 8m people away from cooking with biomass The UK and Norwegian governments made substantial pledges of support to the Global Alliance secretariat and to the wider programme The World Bank pledged to raise 60m of funding for clean cooking related activity Amongst emerging country pledges the largest was from China which aims to move 40 million of its citizens to cleaner cooking over the

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  • How improved cookstoves are changing the face of Ugandan schools | GVEP International
    smoke emissions and cooking time In spite of these benefits the uptake of efficient stoves remains low for several reasons the cost of the cookstove low awareness among schools regarding the stoves economic benefits and lack of knowledge about reliable manufacturers To fill some of these gaps GVEP has been working with 12 Ugandan cookstove makers 102 schools and 3 financial institutions in Uganda to help install these stoves in school kitchens around the country An energy efficient institutional cookstove costs on average 1 to 1 3 million Shillings an undeniably high sum for a school However considering that around 400 000 Shillings per term can be saved on fuel the stove can pay for itself in about a year or less In addition GVEP s partnership with financial institutions allows access to appropriate and affordable products for both schools and stove makers to meet the cost Police Children School in Ntinda Kampala is a beneficiary of this partnership As Mrs Namata Fulgencia Head Teacher explains We opted to install three stoves since we were asked to pay only 50 of the cookstoves and installation cost upfront The problem of air pollution has been solved and some of my staff is buying the domestic version of the stove for their homes The school has also saved money as the Bursar Mrs Nakyana Eva explains We used to buy two trucks of firewood per term at 600 000 Shillings each We now use one small truck throughout all terms With the savings we buy better quality food including meat which was never on our menu before The cook Asiimwe Denis has also seen a change The stove is simple to use and it boils water within 30 minutes as compared to one and a half hours on the three stone fire

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