GVEP International feed http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/news en ESME grant enables solar light distributor to become key player in the Kenyan off grid lighting market http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/esme-grant-enables-solar-light-distributor-become-key-player-kenyan-grid-lighting-mark <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mibawa Supplies Limited is a Kenyan enterprise working to provide solar products to customers who cannot afford the high upfront costs associated with &lsquo;one-off&rsquo; payment products. Selling the IndiGo product from Azuri a cost-effective pay-as-you-go alternative they are working to scale &ndash;up their distribution outlets and expand their reach across Kenya.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><img width="250" height="250" align="left" src="/sites/default/files/images/mibawa.jpg" style="margin-right:10px;" alt="" /></em><em>Mibawa Supplies Limited is a Kenyan enterprise working to pr</em></p><p><a href="http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/esme-grant-enables-solar-light-distributor-become-key-player-kenyan-grid-lighting-mark" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:36:12 +0000 Meghan Smith 20982 at http://www.gvepinternational.org Environmental Management Plan disclosed for Senegalese poultry farm to implement business activities http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/environmental-management-plan-disclosed-senegalese-poultry-farm-implement-business-act <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;A business that GVEP is supporting under the ESME programme has had its Environmental and Social Management Frameworkand Environmental Management plans approved. An Independent Evaluation committee was satisfied that the plans adhered to and corresponded with both social and environmental policies already in place.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><img width="250" height="250" align="left" src="/sites/default/files/images/senegal_-_chicken_farm_image.jpg" longdesc="Karara SUARL " style="margin-right:10px;" alt="" />A business that GVEP i</em></p><p><a href="http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/environmental-management-plan-disclosed-senegalese-poultry-farm-implement-business-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:28:02 +0000 Meghan Smith 20975 at http://www.gvepinternational.org KIVA loan facilitates growth of PowerGen micro-grids in off-grid communities across Kenya http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/kiva-loan-facilitates-growth-powergen-micro-grids-grid-communities-across-kenya <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>PowerGen, is a renewable energy company operating in Kenya to facilitate access to energy for off-grid communities. Originally through solar and wind solutions and now micro-grids, they are allowing communities to benefit from energy access as well as assisting to secure finance for its installation.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>PowerGen, is a renewable energy company operating in Kenya to facilitate access to energy for off-grid communities.</em></p><p><a href="http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/kiva-loan-facilitates-growth-powergen-micro-grids-grid-communities-across-kenya" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:41:34 +0000 Meghan Smith 20958 at http://www.gvepinternational.org Crowdfunding to work as catalyst for the launch of modular solar product in the Tanzanian market http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/crowdfunding-work-catalyst-launch-modular-solar-product-tanzanian-market <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Shamba Technologies has launched a crowdfunding space in an effort to raise capital to launch a distinctive range of solar products. Their aim is for their products to penetrate the BOP market and to allow off-grid families across Sub-Saharan Africa to buy and accelerate their energy access via modular solar units.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Shamba Technologies has launched a crowdfunding space in an effort to raise capital to launch a distinctive range of solar products.</em></p><p><a href="http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/crowdfunding-work-catalyst-launch-modular-solar-product-tanzanian-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:51:39 +0000 Meghan Smith 20953 at http://www.gvepinternational.org Off.Grid:Electric among the winners of the Ashden Awards http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/offgrid-electric-among-winners-ashden-awards <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A company that uses mobile money to sell solar power in Tanzania is one of the winners of this year&rsquo;s Ashden Awards &ndash; the yearly prize that awards pioneering sustainable energy enterprises and programmes across the world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>A company that uses mobile money to sell solar power in Tanzania is one of the winners of this year&rsquo;s Ashden Awards &ndash; the yearly prize that awards pioneering sustainable energy ente</em></p><p><a href="http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/offgrid-electric-among-winners-ashden-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 16:31:32 +0000 Meghan Smith 20948 at http://www.gvepinternational.org Testing distribution strategies to reach end users in the last mile across Uganda http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/testing-distribution-strategies-reach-end-users-last-mile-across-uganda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>High distribution costs in remote rural markets are a significant barrier for companies trying to reach populations at the base of the pyramid. Gaining access to end-consumers, often living in remote areas with little infrastructure, is costly and challenging. A pilot project is seeking to address this issue by building on existing distribution infrastructures across various channels.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>High distribution costs in remote rural markets are a significant barrier for companies trying to reach populations at the base of the pyramid.</em></p><p><a href="http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/testing-distribution-strategies-reach-end-users-last-mile-across-uganda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:38:51 +0000 Meghan Smith 20947 at http://www.gvepinternational.org Supporting Rwandan entrepreneurs to capitalise on the untapped potential in the Pico Hydro energy sector http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/supporting-rwandan-entrepreneurs-capitalise-untapped-potential-pico-hydro-energy-secto <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>GVEP has carried out a week of specialised training sessions on business and project management for 20 entrepreneurs interested in exploiting and developing the Pico Hydro sector across Rwanda.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>GVEP has carried out a week of specialised training sessions on business and project management for 20 entrepreneurs interested in exploiting and developing the Pico Hydro sector across Rwanda.</em></p><p><a href="http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/supporting-rwandan-entrepreneurs-capitalise-untapped-potential-pico-hydro-energy-secto" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 10:35:27 +0000 Meghan Smith 20945 at http://www.gvepinternational.org New programme launched seeking innovative solutions to challenges in climate change, energy access and water & sanitation http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/new-programme-launched-seeking-innovative-solutions-challenges-climate-change-energy-a <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ideas to impact is a new programme from the UK Department for International Development,(DFID) designed to stimulate and influence innovative solutions to challenges in climate change adaptation, energy access, and water &amp; sanitation for the world&rsquo;s poorest people.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Ideas to impact is a new programme funded by <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development">UK Department for International Development</a>,(DFI</em></p><p><a href="http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/new-programme-launched-seeking-innovative-solutions-challenges-climate-change-energy-a" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 11:10:38 +0000 Meghan Smith 20941 at http://www.gvepinternational.org Off-grid lighting companies awarded grants to benefit Kenya’s poorest http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/grid-lighting-companies-awarded-grants-benefit-kenya%E2%80%99s-poorest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Eight off-grid lighting (OGL) distributors have been awarded grants in an effort to increase access to reliable and affordable OGL solutions for the Bottom of the Pyramid.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Eight off-grid lighting (OGL) distributors have been awarded grants in an effort to increase access to reliable and affordable OGL solutions for the Bottom of the Pyramid.</em><br /></p><p><a href="http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/grid-lighting-companies-awarded-grants-benefit-kenya%E2%80%99s-poorest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:33:28 +0000 Deborah 20937 at http://www.gvepinternational.org New cookstove designs offer improved performance http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/new-cookstove-designs-offer-improved-performance <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Through the Spark Fund Project in Kenya, GVEP has been working with local stove entrepreneurs to develop new biomass (wood &amp; charcoal) cookstove designs for domestic use. The new stove designs will offer greater efficiency, reduced emissions, and improved safety and durability compared to other local existing models.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Through the<a target="_blank" href="http://www.cleancookstoves.org/funding-opportunities/spark-fund-i.html"> Spark Fund Project</a> in Kenya, GVEP has been working with local stove entrepreneur</em></p><p><a href="http://www.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/new-cookstove-designs-offer-improved-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:24:33 +0000 Deborah 20933 at http://www.gvepinternational.org