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Women entrepreneurs’ success in running energy micro-enterprises requires enormous support from their families. As a result, GVEP is engaging both men and women to ensure the growth of women-run energy businesses.


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Schools in Uganda are embracing the use of efficient cookstoves over the smoky and unhealthy traditional three-stone fires, resulting in reduced fuel costs and strain on the country’s forest cover.

Ideas to Impact, the DFID-sponsored programme that supports research and development in climate technologies for development, is launching a call for proposals for high-value alternative uses for substandard cylinders, so that they can be recycled and removed from LPG distribution channels. The winning ideas will be awarded $40,000.

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:

Meeting the energy needs of refugees and displaced people

GVEP is part of the Moving Energy Initiative, a consortium working to meet the energy needs of refugees and displaced people in a safe, cost-effective and sustainable manner.

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.

Energy opportunities for women in Senegal

GVEP and local partner SEM Fund are supporting women’s economic empowerment through a three-year project, Economic Opportunities for Women in Senegal (EOWS), with financing from ENERGIA, the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy.




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