This project aims to advance inclusive and productive use of energy by catalysing a women-led productive use of electricity company (PUECO) in Lesotho. The PUECO will support the creation of women-owned local enterprises and develop a last-mile supply chain for energy efficient appliances in three communities served by OnePower solar mini-grids. The PUECO will provide local women entrepreneurs with training and starting capital to become anchor customers for the mini-grids. Local women in these communities will also be recruited to retail energy efficient appliances. EEP Africa financing will enable One Power to pilot this model and demonstrate the value of integrating a PUECO with mini-grid construction.
The project will support 12 women entrepreneurs to create energy-enabled businesses in three communities, serving a population of more than 5,000 people. The project also aims to distribute over 450 energy efficient appliances and create 40 new jobs, with 70% earmarked for women. If successful, this model will be replicated and scaled-up to 10 new mini-grids that OnePower is developing in Lesotho.
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OnePower Lesotho is a renewable energy start-up providing affordable and reliable electricity services to off-grid communities, giving families, schools, health clinics and local businesses the opportunity to thrive.
EUR 350 830
EUR 212 253
Pilot project, Mini-grid stand-alone