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  • Over $600,000 released to improve productivity of Senegalese businesses and benefit rural communities | GVEP International
    tank allowing them to utilise all of the milk delivered Laiterie Le Fermier Mr Ibrahima Fall is a pioneer and the first to produce cheese in the region he now wants to scale up and diversify productivity which is at present around 260 litres a day using sustainable equipment He has been facing significant challenges with supply chain management due to a lack of energy to store the milk collected from local herders During the transhumance period herders travel resulting in a lesser milk supply for the business and a recurring cycle of decreased production between October and June GVEP will support the business to obtain a further three milk collection centres powered by solar energy which will result in a higher and more stable production capacity this in turn will require more staff to be recruited Laiterie Bilaame Pul Debbo Mrs Kandé is a native from the Kolda region and started her business activity in 2002 Having benefited from training in milk processing and transformation she has become a very skilled entrepreneur and a key figure in the milk industry in Kolda However the constraints of not having electricity in areas where herders sell their milk have limited both production growth and turnover Mrs Kandé is aiming to recruit six new staff members including an accountant a delivery driver and an assistant increasing the current staff team from seven to thirteen By installing solar powered tanks Mrs Kandé feels confident that she would be able to produce a wider variety of high quality products including cheeses which she learnt to produce during a training session in France With support and assistance from GVEP Mrs Kandé expects to double her turnover in the coming year In addition to these dairy businesses GVEP has been working with two tourist camps Le

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/over-600000-released-improve-productivity-senegalese-businesses-and-benefit-rural-comm (2016-02-16)
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  • GVEP participates in the National Alliance's strategy meeting to strengthen Ugandan cookstove market | GVEP International
    clean cookstoves fuels and the wider renewable energy sectors forming part of the National Alliance s National Executive Committee NEC met on 20 21 February in Uganda to approve the first year s operational action plan The two day event is the first of its kind since the UNACC has affirmed its role as national co ordinator of the clean cookstove sector in Uganda Discussions were held on forming new partnerships and joint ventures for resource mobilization standards testing and product development market development and communication Members deliberated on the most appropriate ways to secure further public and private engagement and presentations were given on internal structures and processes of the represented organisations GVEP International is recognized as an important development partner in the renewable energy sector and a leader on project delivery Having recruited hundreds of energy entrepreneurs in programmes focussing on developing sustainable value chains in order to benefit both cookstove suppliers and retailers as well as guaranteeing access to modern affordable and clean renewable energy for millions of people It is on this basis that GVEP was approached to share their expertise in setting up the National Alliance Joel Essien an SME advisor representing GVEP at the meeting speaks of the expected outcomes from the collaboration Over the course of the year I hope to see GVEP further strengthen its leverage in the national cookstove sector and also continue to contribute positively as the lead on the distribution and market development task force for the advantage of the entrepreneurs we support This will involve close interactions with our strategic partners in the region explained Mr Essien Currently in Uganda GVEP is working to establish distribution channels for improved cookstove businesses hence enabling the products to reach new and underserved areas of Uganda Engaging with UNACC as a

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/gvep-participates-national-alliances-strategy-meeting-strengthen-ugandan-cookstove-mar (2016-02-16)
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  • News | GVEP International
    A community hydroponic farming project with solar energy in Jamaica boosted by the IDEAS Competition Thanks to the publicity generated by the IDEAS Contest a Jamaican community project of hoop framed greenhouses on the land of small farmers has significantly expanded while making key contacts with both with private sector and government GVEP marks the end of its Developing Energy Enterprises Project in East Africa After five years of operation in East Africa one of GVEP s flagship projects has come to a successful conclusion and marks its end with a series of closeout workshops Prof Abeeku Brew Hammond passes away We are very sad to announce the death of Professor Abeeku Brew Hammond on Monday 25 March 2013 Abeeku was the very first GVEP Manager from 2003 to 2007 back when GVEP was hosted by Practical Action in their Rugby office in the UK GVEP celebrates success of its Developing Energy Enterprises Project DEEP in East Africa GVEP International Global Village Energy Partnership held a series of workshops to mark the conclusion of its Developing Energy Enterprises Project DEEP in Nairobi 19 February Kampala 22 February and Dar es Salaam 26 February Innovative cookstove business secures support from the Climate Innovation Centre The Kenya Climate Innovation Centre CIC provides incubation capacity building and financing to entrepreneurs and SMEs which are developing innovative climate change solutions Since its launch in September 2012 the centre has accepted twenty five entrepreneurs into its programme One of the successful applicants is Kenneth Ndua who has designed and developed an energy efficient cookstove that simultaneously boils water IDEAS2 Solar project taking off in rural Suriname Guguplex one of the eight IDEAS 2012 competition winners held an official launch of their project in October and has started to bring affordable clean solar power to rural

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news?page=11 (2016-02-16)
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  • GVEP called to showcase its work on cookstoves at international conference in Kenya | GVEP International
    and provided a platform for stakeholders to review the interventions 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

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/gvep-called-showcased-its-work-cookstoves-international-conference-kenya (2016-02-16)
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  • Prosonergy: influencing economic, social and environmental change through solar powered lighting and energy products | GVEP International
    the substantial development of this market only 3 of the African Indian and South East Asian demand is being met Distributors in Africa have several challenges to make these high quality products available at low costs to their countries The German based company Prosonergy is aiming for a distributor focused solution that provides all advantages but at a considerably lower cost We have teamed up with IFC s Lighting Africa program to provide certified products explains Güngör Kara CEO of Prosonergy We now have an optimized product portfolio for distribution partners which includes volume bundling and consolidation after sales services www bopasa org minimized logistics costs and we have also established an easy to use online webshop to achieve maximum impact in the off grid energy sector For customers with very low incomes we have the Solar Portable Lights SPL for customers with low incomes we have Solar Home Systems with USB output SHS usb and for customers with a medium level income we have Solar Home Systems with 12V energy output SHS 12V All products can be reviewed compared and selected from our product portfolio and at our webshop http shop prosonergy com We put the customer first explains Güngör Kara From our experience we know that whenever a larger product portfolio is available the end user is most interested in purchasing the products that fit best to their need and income level Therefore we aim to empower the distributor so as to allow the end user to decide which products are best suited to their needs instead of pushing single products through the local sales channels like many other producers Prosonergy are planning to expand their distribution networks across Africa and Asia and in doing so they are looking to team up with new distribution channels such like

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/prosonergy-influencing-economic-social-and-environmental-change-through-solar-powered- (2016-02-16)
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  • Women in Kenya making headway in male-run areas of the cookstove market | GVEP International
    I met GVEP staff who trained and mentored me on business development that I came to realize the potential for my micro business to grow explained Janet Equipped with a well crafted marketing plan developed with assistance from a GVEP business mentor she secured a loan of USD 1 500 from Ecobank to scale up her production of ICS liners and to move into a new area of business that of constructing fully assembled cook stoves She also employed four new permanent staff Since I obtained the loan in March 2013 I have been able to produce 120 assembled improved cookstoves as well as molding 1 400 units of ICS liners every month The business she admits is now more profitable I look forward to doubling my sales to USD 3 000 a month by June 2014 said Janet Women in Kisumu are now venturing into what has always been a predominantly male activity in renewable energy enterprises Apart from molding quality liners for improved cook stoves they have gone an extra mile into owning stove cladding and assembling businesses Improved cookstoves entrepreneurs finishing a fully assembled product A recent networking event organized by GVEP in Kisumu brought together women entrepreneurs and enabled them to share theirprofessional experiences and exchange ideas as well as facilitating networking and establishing new financial links Such events create conducive environments for women to speak openly about the challenges they face and also to receive training in business management record keeping and marketing strategies Local financial institutions including Ecobank and Women Enterprise Fund were present to introduce financial opportunities available to invest in business expansion Women have a chance to adopt cleaner cooking technologies and fuels in a variety of roles cooks entrepreneurs marketers and technology champions stressed Laura Clough acting Kenya Country Manager They

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/women-kisumu-making-headway-male-run-areas-cookstove-market (2016-02-16)
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  • Improved cookstove company tackling market barriers in Haiti | GVEP International
    long term financial and health benefits Therefore increasing awareness and improving understanding is a pivotal element to making inroads into the cookstove market The Prakti stove has been created and designed to improve the cooking process it is more durable easier to transport cuts toxic emissions can accommodate a variety of pot sizes and the exterior casing remains cooler when in use All such aspects aim to make the cooking process within Haitian households safer and cut carbon monoxide emissions by 50 Wood is the principal fuel used for cooking on traditional stoves in Haiti which consumes twice the amount of fuel necessary Using wood has many health issues most predominantly smoke intake and indoor health pollution to women and children Says Cecile Bourdales General Manager of Prakti Haiti Individual vendors and staff members working for distributors are supported during weekly meetings that provide guidance and monitor progress This has enabled Prakti staff to interact with customers and explain that although a traditional stove is cheaper than a Prakti Wouj stove the benefits from using the latter are far greater The Prakti Wouj stove saves each family approximately USD 250 per annum in fuel costs and has an anticipated stove life of five years thus resulting in a total saving of USD 1 250 per stove One distributor Palmis Enerji explained that Prakti Wouj stoves have the highest preference rating amongst their customers 80 but that price remained a principal factor stopping clients from investing in them In response to this Prakti have introduced several different methods of payment These include a deposit scheme in which customers can make small deposits at specific frequencies receiving a receipt from Prakti when each deposit is made Another option is a coupon system which is based on a partnership with large employers who

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/improved-cookstove-company-tackling-market-barriers-haiti (2016-02-16)
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  • East African energy access businesses to benefit from Advisory Services | GVEP International
    Advisory team s clients Established in mid 2013 GVEP International s Advisory Services group provides technical financial and operational support to small and growing businesses building on the organisation s history of enterprise development Advisory Services was established through a grant from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Sida and comprises 13 experienced professionals who bring experience in energy impact and project finance entrepreneurship engineering project development and management consulting We are very pleased to have Sida s support for this innovative approach to supporting high potential early stage energy businesses says Peter George Head of Advisory Services at GVEP International We are engaging with developers of innovative technologies as well as those bringing proven technologies to the East Africa market and much of our work is related to the establishment of financing and distribution models which enable uptake amongst low income consumers The energetic teams leading these companies lack many of the enabling resources available in innovation hubs such as Silicon Valley and we look to fill some of these gaps with our knowledge and resources We work alongside investors incubators local and international financial institutions and grant making organisations to support the development of private sector solutions in this critical sector The GVEP Advisory Services group is structured to be flexible and market responsive enabling the provision of services with minimal administrative burden The group engages with businesses delivering products and services across technologies and electrification models from cookstoves to mini grids and conducts feasibility studies assists in the development of projects and completes other consulting assignments While investment readiness is a focus area critical in creating demand for capital the team also focuses on increasing the supply of capital available to the businesses in the sector In addition to working closely with a number of investors grant makers

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/east-african-energy-access-businesses-benefit-advisory-services (2016-02-16)
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