CALL FOR PROJECTS: Africa Power Access Accelerator program open for applications

The African Power Platform (APP) has launched the Africa Power Access Accelerator (APAA) , a program designed to support power projects in Africa on preparation, structuring and financing.

The first application window is now open, with submission deadline on the 31st March 2019 .

Developers applying to the APAA may, if selected, get access to:

  • Advisory
  • Grants
  • Development funding
  • Equity / Debt financing
  • Partners (Consultants / Equipment / Technology / Development)
  • Co-developers

Full details, including a presentation and application form can be found here .

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How lessons from recruiting female energy entrepreneurs into a gender-focused project are influencing its strategies

This article presents vital lessons that have been learned from engaging and enrolling female entrepreneurs into an energy access project, in Kenya and Tanzania which is providing business and technology training and mentorship and support to access financing and market opportunities.

Although the aim is to work with female entrepreneurs, projects should consider engaging both women and men given the nature of how small family businesses are owned and operate. This will enhance harmony in the families and but also ensuring that women are able to make sound decisions for the business together with their partners. Men should also be involved as the energy products value chain involves both women and men for successful delivery of the products to the markets.

It is important for project implementers to have open mind to learn and adjust their approach in response to the situation in the target areas. The approach may be different from assumptions made during the design phase, but the adjustment will enable projects to have the greatest impact on the beneficiaries it supports whilst improving the assumptions for the design of future projects.

Please read more here How lessons from recruiting female energy entrepreneurs into a gender-focused project are influencing its strategies

Business mentorship to boost business and tackle challenges in early stages of growth

Jane Kioko’s first job as a marketer in a solar company inspired her to establish her own business, Silver Investments, in January 2016, selling solar products to remote off-grid villages.  Based in Tala, Machakos County in Eastern Kenya, Jane sells lamps, solar panels, converters and batteries to homes, businesses and institutions, some as far as 20 kilometres from her shop.

An entrepreneur with a passion for improving lives with solar products, has set her eyes on expanding her business and bring solar products to remote communities, thanks to mentorship from Energy 4 Impact’s Women Integration into Renewable Energy (WIRE) Value Chains project.

Read more about her story here