Entrepreneurs are a cornerstone of an economically viable and sustainable mini-grid – they increase the demand for electricity while boosting the local economy.
This was the rationale for EnDev Rwanda’s Productive Use of Energy intervention at existing mini-grid sites, which were struggling with too little demand for electricity. The project targeted the communities in the villages of six mini-grid sites. It linked 71 businesses with financial institutions for loans and provided matching grants for equipment – all with the aim to lower the financial barrier to integrate electric appliances and the use of electricity in their business activities. At the same time, the business capacity of 97 entrepreneurs was boosted through business skills training and business coaching. The intervention empowered existing businesses and enabled new ones to provide new services and products to the community, benefiting the entire villages’ population.
As an anchor partner of the Global Electric Cooking Coalition (GeCCo), EnDev is thrilled to announce that the coalition of like-minded partners will be launched at a main stage event during COP28 in Dubai.
Malawi faces significant challenges in achieving widespread energy access. In a recent visit, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), one of EnDev’s core funders, gained firsthand insights into the impactful work undertaken by EnDev Malawi.