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  • New enhanced stoves launched in Kenya | GVEP International
    very quick to cook The stoves incorporate a metal cylinder which sits above the fire chamber and which increases the efficiency of combustion James Gatima the GVEP technical advisor on the project explains In traditional stoves the gasses given off in burning are cooled by the mass of clay which lines the stove and so are not burned fully So you get smoke In the improved stove the metal cylinder keeps the gasses away from the thermal lining keeping the temperature high and ensuring almost complete combustion The stoves are made using heavier gauge metal than the typical locally made stove This makes them durable The fire chamber cylinder will need replacing every few years but the rest of the stove could last ten years if looked after Grace Nyambura in the nearby community of Ngaru is one of the first customers to experience the stove She is very enthusiastic about the fuel savings and lack of smoke With just one piece of wood I cooked dinner last night breakfast and lunch and there is still some wood left she said Before buying the stove she cooked on an open three stone fire Four pieces of wood cost 50 Ksh and used to last just one day Now the same amount of wood lasts three days Grace s kitchen is a hut in the compound separated from the house because of the smoke which used to come from the fire With the new stove I can even cook in the house she said There is no smoke Mary Njeri one of her neighbours who also bought the stove agrees that it is high quality She says that her daughter was unable to help with cooking before because of the smoke which made her eyes run With the new stove she is able to cook without any problem It is very fast and the heat remains in the stove she said We are very very happy All of the companies making the stove are large by Kenyan stove making standards GVEP deliberately sought out businesses with the capability of manufacturing the new stoves in significant volumes and with the distribution channels in place to get the product to market Some of the businesses GVEP worked with under an earlier programme helping them grow from small beginnings to the current scale of production But even these larger local businesses still use manual processes The metal cladding and the pot rests are cut and shaped by hand which is slow and arduous The heavier gauge metals used in the enhanced stoves presents a challenge GVEP has been working with the businesses to find suitable locally available machinery which could be used for cutting and shaping metal Metal cutters driven by compressed air and metal folding equipment has been identified The businesses will be assisted to purchase equipment with funds from the Global Alliance What were once small artisan workshops are being transformed into small highly organised factories Companies which import stoves made abroad

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/new-enhanced-stoves-launched-kenya (2016-02-16)
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  • ESME grant enables solar light distributor to become key player in the Kenyan off grid lighting market | GVEP International
    which enable customers to pay for energy as they use it Since receiving the first installment of their ESME grant Mibawa have doubled the number of outlets and increased their staff head count to 15 The focus for the funds to date has been on marketing increasing their visibility and also training staff to become technical advisors They have also hired a marketing manager produced radio adverts and used targeted advertising campaigns to increase awareness and knowledge of the benefits of their product of choice the IndiGo solar system from Azuri that combines mobile phone and solar technology allowing customers to buy scratch cards to pay for their energy just as they would for their mobile phones Besides creating a smart marketing strategy an important factor in their success is the price of the IndiGo product coupled with the repayment procedure The deposit required for the IndiGo model is USD 151 13 300KES considerably cheaper than other models available They also have a different repayment options the repayments can be spread over 20 months or 80 weeks where customers repay USD 1 5 KES 140 per week through scratch cards top ups The initial deposit required of USD 17 1 500KES is also smaller than others on the market Once the total sum has been paid a small unlock fee of 600KES is required USD 7 after which customers can own the light without any further payments To date Mibawa Supplies Limited has sold 7000 units and now works to achieve a monthly sales target of 500 models Looking forward Mibawa wish to further increase their sales and have been benefiting from a GIZ programme which links trained entrepreneurs to enterprises looking to scale up This initiative has permitted Mibawa Supplies to grow their staff team in both a quick

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/esme-grant-enables-solar-light-distributor-become-key-player-kenyan-grid-lighting-mark (2016-02-16)
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  • Environmental Management Plan disclosed for Senegalese poultry farm to implement business activities | GVEP International
    its Environmental and Social Management Framework and Environmental Management plans approved An Independent Evaluation committee was satisfied that the plans adhered to and corresponded with both social and environmental policies already in place The approvals of these documents are a significant milestone for the project and mean that they can now go ahead with implementing their business plan and commence activities The enterprise Karara SUARL is one of thirteen PREMS supported by GVEP across several sectors to enhance their productivity and boost economic activities through improved provision of energy The farm is located in the region of Thies an area where youth unemployment is very high Through the new investments and GVEP s support the business will create a value chain and improve their production capacity which in turn will produce a long term impact in their communities creating employment reducing youth migration to towns reinforcing the social and economic context in their direct environment and indirectly having a positive influence in surrounding localities The poultry farm is expected to produce 40 000 chickens per month The money disbursed from the grant will enable them to connect to the national grid This will allow for secure electricity access and allow

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/environmental-management-plan-disclosed-senegalese-poultry-farm-implement-business-act (2016-02-16)
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  • KIVA loan facilitates growth of PowerGen micro-grids in off-grid communities across Kenya | GVEP International
    grids in Kenya is a challenging process and often presents many barriers and constraints due to government restrictions and rigid policies Most projects of this nature require a significant up front payment which is rarely feasible for many communities wishing to install clean technologies or equally for young enterprises with limited capital Through a KIVA loan PowerGen have turned their concept into a reality a functioning micro grid providing power for lighting TV refrigeration and also a medical clinic They raised 9 700 in just 48 hours indicating both the high level of interest in the concept and also the influence this type of lending platform has The Ololailumitia community located on the edge of the Maasai Mara has a representative Sammy whose land houses the micro grid he liaises with the PowerGen team and the customers wanting to buy and use electricity from the micro grid A connection contract is signed between PowerGen and their customers explaining that they will be able to use the electricity produced from the micro grid by paying for their energy consumption The fee will be used to pay back the KIVA loan and also includes the cost of regular services and maintenance for the micro grid One resident in the village Elizabeth has used the new energy source to improve her hairdressing business which she had previously run using an old noisy and expensive diesel generator Elizabeth now invites customers to enjoy her generator free salon saving customer s long and expensive journeys to neighbouring towns and herself money on fuel to power the generator The micro grid has been so successful that after being installed in March 2014 it was extended to generate more energy and meet demand in April Furthermore a second KIVA loan has enabled PowerGen to install a third

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/kiva-loan-facilitates-growth-powergen-micro-grids-grid-communities-across-kenya (2016-02-16)
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  • Crowdfunding to work as catalyst for the launch of modular solar product in the Tanzanian market | GVEP International
    priced at 58 which contains an internal battery capable of powering two LED ceiling bulbs The biggest module which is currently being developed is the Battery 500 Set which is priced at 93 Families can select the modules that best suit their income level and stack them together These modules will then share solar and battery power to act as a single unit This allows them over time to climb the energy ladder in accordance to their own budget and needs Oliver Kynaston co founder of Shamba Technologies explains after having spent time living in rural Tanzania it became clear to us that the concept of starting small and building up is applied to several aspects of life for rural communities We have seen many houses being built over long time periods relative to when villagers have the means to buy the required materials to continue In creating IO solar kits we have tried to mirror this enabling customers to add to their system as and when they have the means IO Solar products permit energy freedom they allow for flexible energy uses The product was created to fit energy demand and it allows users to choose how and for what they employ their solar stack Modern technologies are an aspirational product for low income families and Oliver and Edward wanted a desirable and sleek looking product To achieve this they partnered with a product and brand consultancy Sebastian Conran to design an ultra modern ergonomic product Since November 2013 GVEP s Advisory Services team has been working with Shamba Technologies to fine tune their investor pitch materials and has provided feedback regarding their capital raise in terms of both grant and equity acquisition Once Shamba Technologies sources the capital necessary to launch the product in Tanzania GVEP plans to

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/crowdfunding-work-catalyst-launch-modular-solar-product-tanzanian-market (2016-02-16)
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  • Off.Grid:Electric among the winners of the Ashden Awards | GVEP International
    last week for providing energy as a service to some of the poorest off grid communities in East Africa The company has a mission to put kerosene out of business Their customers typically use kerosene lamps to light their homes which is both costly and hazardous Off Grid Electric s value proposition to their prospective clients is attractive they offer a cheaper cleaner and better serviced alternative to kerosene through solar and mobile technologies Mobile money a mechanism where customers pay via mobile phones is increasingly used as a method of payment in East Africa Off Grid Electric has taken advantage of this infrastructure to build a scalable solar as a service business model Their service isn t limited to power it also comprises an all day customer care telephone line as well as ongoing support from a local agent To date 10 000 homes in Tanzania are accessing their service This uptake is in part thanks to a sophisticated app based customer registration system that makes it easy for people to register in a high demand market Reaching the last mile has often been a challenge for new technologies that seek to address the needs of the most remote

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/offgrid-electric-among-winners-ashden-awards (2016-02-16)
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  • Testing distribution strategies to reach end users in the last mile across Uganda | GVEP International
    a challenge for most companies Few companies are likely to have their own ready made distribution infrastructure that reaches the BOP market explains Joel Essien GVEP s ESME Advisor Assuming they don t there are three options available to them a build their own infrastructure at a considerable expense b harness an existing infrastructure c co create one by setting up a franchisee system Given the investment that the first and third options require using existing networks even if they are not known as distribution networks is often the most viable avenue for small businesses GVEP s ESME programme in Uganda which aims at supporting the development of Energy SMEs in sub Saharan Africa is working with three high preforming companies engaged in the production of domestic improved cookstoves to set up a distribution chain Each entrepreneur International Lifeline Fund Africa Energy and Environment Saving Stoves and Solar Ltd and Energy Uganda Foundation is responsible for a geographic area respectively the Northern Eastern and Western region The distribution chain will be one in which an entrepreneur links to a distributor a transporter serves as an intermediary and a network of five and six retailers serve as the last mile distribution We kept the distribution model simple because it is a pilot that needs to be proven before it can be replicated amongst the thirty plus cookstove entrepreneurs we work with in Uganda most of who will also require production support in order to reach enough scale before distribution support can kick in explains Mr Essien Harnessing existing networks that reach the base of the pyramid The distribution channels were identified as a result of a market assessment study undertaken by GVEP for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in 2012 The distributors that are being considered are those who stock

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/testing-distribution-strategies-reach-end-users-last-mile-across-uganda (2016-02-16)
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  • News | GVEP International
    television show about Polybiogas Technology GVEP International and Cypro Kenya have stepped up efforts to educate the public on cheaper sources of clean energy The two organisations partnered through the Climate Innovation Center CIC gave a live television interview on July 15 with the Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation about Polybiogas an innovation in clean energy provision Azuri and GVEP awarded 1M USAid grant to bring pay as you go solar to Rwanda Azuri Technologies received a 1M award from USAID s Development Innovation Ventures DIV to support the establishment of pay as you go solar power in Rwanda The program 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 Ashden Awards winner SolarAid makes solar lights available in rural Senegal This year s winner of the Ashden awards Solar Aid is carrying out a pilot project in West Africa which aims to test a new model The Light Library Project to allow access to energy through donating libraries of solar lights to selected rural schools GVEP is working with Solar Aid to support the pilot s implementation in Senegal Andrew Reicher is appointed new trustee member for GVEP International GVEP is pleased to welcome Andrew Reicher former CIO and Head of Infrastructure at CDC Actis as our ninth trustee An experienced investor and adviser in climate resilient electricity in developing countries Andrew has 20 years of private equity investment preceded by 10 years of investment banking experience New proposals in support of off grid energy markets presented at this year s G20 Speaking at this year G20 s Development Working Group in Moscow GVEP s CEO advocated new interventions to address the energy access problem in the developing world by recognising the key role

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news?page=10 (2016-02-16)
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