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Improved cookstove workshop in East Africa

Pledges of new activity worth $413m were announced by international organisations and donors at the Cookstove Futures Summit in New York on 21 November. The conference marks the start of phase two of a ten year campaign by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to bring cleaner cooking to 100 million households.

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Schools in Kampala are cutting down fuel consumption by up to 50% thanks to energy efficient cookstoves, providing staff with a safer smoke-free environment and students with well-cooked, timely meals.

GVEP and Invested Development co-developed and launched a survey assessing the challenges that renewable energy enterprises face in emerging economies. Of 131 respondents, 90% operate primarily in Africa and over 50% operate in East Africa. Over 80% of responding companies employ less than 25 individuals and 75% generate up to $500,000 USD in revenue.

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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