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Private Investment into Promotion of Renewable Energy for Rural Rwanda

Hydro power plant in Rwanda
One of the Rwandan success stories is the company REPRO. The entrepreneur Gregory Tayi developed the first privately run micro hydropower plant in Rwanda with support from EnDev. Since the installation of the company’s 96 kilowatt power plant at the river Rwishywa in the municipality of Murunda, Western Province, REPRO has been steadily feeding sustainable electricity into the Rwandan national grid. REPRO started training local people to work for the company and Gregory Tayi is now looking for new business opportunities in the renewable energy sector. The company currently develops a biomass power plant and is in negotiations with the Rwanda Energy Group (REG) for three more hydropower sites.

If you are interested in the EnDev Rwanda project, see here.

25 newly electrified health centres in rural areas of Ethiopia

Health centre in Gebaba, Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, EnDev has facilitated modern energy services to 25 health centres in rural areas through solar electrification. All of the health centres are off the country’s power grid. In just one of the health centres alone, in Gebaba, almost 29,000 people can now receive better health services thanks to the electrification. The photovoltaic system enables the operation of microscopes, sterilisers and fridges - for medication which needs to be kept cool. Maternal health services are expected to improve significantly. The solar power generated also pumps clean water to the clinic and the surrounding villages.

If you are interested in the EnDev Ethiopia project, see here.

Solar Power and Improved Stoves Change Lives in Rural Tanzania

Former UK Minister of State Grant Shapps visits EnDev Tanzania and Elizabeth Mukwimba in her home
Elizabeth Mukwimba, 62, lives in the Magu district in northern Tanzania. She is a farmer, growing maize and sweet potatoes. In early 2015, she had a small solar panel fitted to the roof of her house as a result of EnDev Tanzania’s intervention. Since then, her and her family’s life has changed drastically. For lighting the house at night she doesn’t have to use kerosene any more. Instead she uses electric energy which is a lot cheaper, cleaner, and safer than using kerosene lamps. “I remember working hard, doing casual jobs, and having to split my income for food and fuel. With the price of kerosene always going up, solar makes a huge difference for people like me.” she says. Thanks to the much more effective light her grandchildren can now study at night. Additionally, Elizabeth uses an improved cookstove which has made a huge impact. It is energy-efficient and emits less smoke than traditional stoves. She is very pleased with the impacts the newly-deployed energy technology has had on her life, “My health has improved and I’m feeling great. Now I don’t have any problems with kerosene. My life is a delight (sic) now.” Let Elizabeth tell you her story in this video.

If you are interested in the EnDev Tanzania project, see here.

How a Sustainable Market for ICS Creates Opportunities for Mozambican Youth

EnDev Mozambique ICS entrepreneur
His name is Carlos Matsinhe, he is 22 years old. Six months ago he was an unemployed man in Chamanculo C, a neglected quarter of the capital Maputo, Mozambique. Carlos accumulated a huge debt to finance his studies, he was about to leave university because he could not afford the fees anymore. Before giving up, he decided to make a last attempt to gain money by offering logistic support to a friend who is an improved cookstove (ICS) promoter from Chamanculo C: he started selling stoves from a wheelbarrow within Chamanculo C streets, gaining EUR 90 per month. His friend saw his outstanding entrepreneurial potential and informed the project manager, this is how Carlos became an ICS salesman. From day one, he was the ICS seller of the week accumulating bonuses that allowed him to earn income of up to EUR 720 per month.

Today, Carlos – who still attends university – is an inspiration for other young people, being one of the 35 young people working as ICS salesman in Chamanculo C. The project was originally designed to subsidise access to improved stoves for the families in Chamanculo C. It turned out to be a big success by changing the approach towards the creation of a sustainable market for ICS. Door to door sales, payment by instalments and a new warranty system were key to achieve a 80% penetration rate of ICS in Chamanculo C in just over six months. The next step in the project will be the creation of a youth association that will continue to implement the project with progressive independence from external support.

If you are interested in the EnDev Mozambique project, see here.

Solar Home Systems for Safe Homes in Rural Peru

EnDev Peru Safe grid connection
In Chilete, a site in the Peruvian province of Contumazá, Nancy Alcántara, owns a Solar Home System (SHS). "We use the system at night for lighting and also to recharge cell phones. Before, we went to town to recharge and we used candles, but now we're better, "she says, "My son uses it to do his homework. Before, a package of candles did not last even a week and we had to spent 10 soles (EUR 3.6) on candles every months. Now we pay a little less, about 9 soles (EUR 2.7) monthly for the three lights. We can also use the radio and recharge the cell phone", says Nancy, while showing us the accompanying table where her son does his homework, often in the evening.

Her neighbour, Wildor Cuzco, is content having a SHS, too. "We use it for light at night. Before, we used kerosene lamps and candles but the solar panel is much better. Candles sometimes ran out and we had to go get them unexpectedly. Also, before, we spent more money and now feel we are calmer and safer”, said the resident, who lives with his wife and three children of school age.

If you are interested in the EnDev Peru project, see here.

Experience with Productive Use Promotion – A Female Entrepreneur in Nepal

EnDev Nepal female entrepreneur
EnDev Nepal promotes productive uses of electricity as part of the grid extension component. Until now, 15 so-called enterprise service providers (ESP) have been trained on business development services, and around 100 enterprises are established. One of them has been created by Mrs. Poonam Bhujel, who is the pioneer in her village, running a medium sized poultry farm with 200 chicken. She decided to invest, after she attended a business orientation workshop, where ESPs presented ideas, approaches and know how on the development of a new business. She says, “I am happy with the new business and determined to continue it further. I pay NRs 1200 (EUR 11) per month for electricity, which I need for the heat lamps in my poultry farm, but I find it reasonable.”

If you are interested in the EnDev Nepal project, see here.

Safe electrical connections in Cajamarca

Electrification of a household in Cajamarca, Peru
In 2013, the town of Chingol in the Cajamarca region in Peru was connected to the power grid. However, despite having electricity, most households had instable electrical connections, since there had been no qualified technicians to ensure a secure connection for the houses.

Tito, one of the young men from the community that was trained to install secure electrical connections by an initiative from EnDev Peru, was about to change this. A villager said that, once there was electricity, he contacted Tito to perform secure electrical installations. “Tito set up the electrical installation for us. Connections are secure and he did exactly what we asked of him. Furthermore, should we have issues, he has told us to call him”, he says. Also, in terms of materials, EnDev Peru was responsible for the villagers’ access to quality products at discounted prices. “For us, it has been a comfortable price”, the securely electrified villager adds. “[EnDev] looked for young entrepreneurs who want to get involved with the process of electrical installations, because in the farms and fields they do not know how to and there is a need for trained people with this skill. We are from the area and when our service is needed, we can make a quality connection and solve electrical problems”, said Tito. “Electricity is everywhere and, here in Cajamarca, it is growing every day”, he says. He seems satisfied with his work.

If you are interested in the EnDev Peru project, see here.