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We believe that business-led solutions are essential to meet the energy needs of rural populations living in developing countries. We curate and share links related to: renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy entrepreneurs, microfinance, impact investing, business development, solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, phone-charging, briquette and cookstoves small businesses, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan countries.
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Innovative Africa: using solar power phones

Innovative Africa: using solar power phones | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

“We talk with the bank or microfinance institution to encourage them to lend to the entrepreneurs,” said Collings, chief operations officer at Global Village Energy Partnership, a non-profit organisation that tries to harness entrepreneurship to open up energy for the poor. The main challenge is sourcing the start-up capital to purchase the solar panels. “Persuading banks and microfinancing institutions has not been an easy task for GVEP. Despite this challenge, there are steps ahead being made.” Hopefully, this and other organisations will make a visible change and the technology will spread around more as from the examples it is visible that it can become a running change in all Africa.

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Microfinance and Energy Poverty: Findings from the Energy Links Project

How can the microfinance sector in Africa increase access to energy? This report summarizes the results of the Energy Links Project, a three year pilot by the Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International. Energy Links aimed to determine how the established microfinance sector in African countries can address energy poverty by increasing access to small scale clean energy solutions at the household level.

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Report on Financial Behavior of Rural Residents in Latin America

Accion a microfinance organization has released a report providing the financial industry with important recommendations for creating and improving services to rural residents in Latin America. This study is based on market research conducted in Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Peru and provides a detailed portrait of access, use and attitudes towards financial services by rural residents, both farmers and micro entrepreneurs.

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Frankfurt School of Finance & Management - Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management - Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Given the importance of the financial industry in shaping the world’s response to climate change and the rapidly increasing global demand for new energy solutions, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management decided to develop its course on Sustainable Energy Finance (SEF). Now we are proud to present our two Summer Academies for 2012 within the new framework of the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre).

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South Africa's new small business agency

South Africa's new small business agency | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it
The Small Enterprise Finance Agency will have access to R1.4-billion in funding for South African small businesses over the next three years, with input from the Industrial Development Corporation being crucial to its effectiveness, says Economic ...
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