GVEPGlobal Village Energy Partnership
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With a growing office and additional staff, GVEP will be in a good position to facilitate this market and contribute significantly to access to modern energy in the country.
With additional financial backing from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and USAID, GVEP is now able to offer business and technical training for small businesses and micro-entrepreneurs.
Through these projects, GVEP is adding to the expansion of affordable and sustainable energy services in Rwanda.
In partnership with Azuri, the leading experts in low-cost solar technologies and recent Ashden International Awards winners, GVEP will spearhead the distribution of pay-as-you-go home lighting systems to remote off-grid regions, which are currently un or under-served by existing grid technologies.
With this new machine acquired with the grant, alongside GVEP s support, he has trained 462 individuals in briquette production across the Coast region.
For the last five years, through its Developing Energy Enterprises programme, GVEP has supported businesses operating in the biomass briquette sector in East Africa.
GVEP International's regional manager for Africa James Wakaba said, "Projects also need to complete environmental impact assessments and have proper financial structuring.