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A key challenge facing energy businesses in Africa is the lack of access to finance. Through tailored training to financial institutions and energy businesses alike GVEP aims to improve knowledge of the energy sector and encourage increased lending activity.

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To date, 2.1 million more people in East Africa have now access to clean energy. This has been achieved after just two years implementation of the Capital Access for Renewable Energy Enterprises Programme (CARE2), run by GVEP International through funding from the Swedish government (Sida).

GVEP took part in a high level meeting last month that addressed issues of policy framework, distribution challenges, approaches to end-user financing and the nexus between energy and health with regards to bringing off-grid electrification solutions to Uganda. ‘Towards Universal Energy Access: Uganda’ was organized by the United Nations Foundation and the World Wide.

Case studies

GVEP provides strategic, technical, financial and operational support to early-stage energy businesses which employ technologies including energy efficient cookstoves and briquettes, solar lighting and home systems, biogas, and mini-grid electrification. Below are a few examples of our work:

Supporting mini-grids and small hydro systems in rural areas to improve livelihoods

A reliable source of energy in remote areas can have significant benefits for local families, hospitals, schools, as well as boost the productivity of local businesses. GVEP is working with project developers in East Africa to build mini-grids and small hydro systems. 

Improving productivity and creating jobs in Senegal

Improving the provision of energy enhances productivity and boosts economic activity. GVEP helps various businesses expand through access to modern forms of energy in Senegal.

Providing efficiency and performance analysis for operator of energy kiosks

GVEP offers specialized advisory support to medium-sized energy access businesses that have the potential for growth and scale. We help them in various capacities: from developing their supply chain and route-to-market strategies, to accessing finance required for growth.

Micro-financing solar lanterns for women in rural Kenya 

The LED solar lamps not only serve as sustainable energy solutions to the women and their families, but will also save household budgets for lighting fuel spent on kerosene.




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