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In remote areas where the electrical grid doesn’t reach, entrepreneurs are jumping on the solar wagon to light up their communities and address their basic energy needs.

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The global Smart Villages initiative has launched its Energy Innovation Challenge for young entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers in East Africa, aimed at supporting ideas for distributing or implementing existing technologies or for developing promising new technologies for energy generation or storage in off-grid villages. GVEP International will be part of the judging panel.


A new manual designed to support organisations in empowering women micro-entrepreneurs, small enterprise owners, and sales agents who work in the household energy sector, is now available.

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:

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.

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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