Can agri-insurance reduce the credit risk associated with Solar PayGo products?

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Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) business models have enabled solar product companies to increase their sales and penetration in low-income markets across Africa and Asia, yet the model still faces challenges of high customer default rates, driven by school fees payment scheduling, low yields and dry seasons. The last two of those default drivers can be explained by…

Mobility partners Tugende and Ampersand close investment rounds

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Two SF partners from the Mobility portfolio have secured growth investment to help them expand their services in East Africa. Tugende – which SF has supported since 2016 – recently announced a $3.6m investment from VCs Partech and Enza Capital – both of whom specialise in early-stage Venture Capital backing. Headquartered in Kampala, Uganda, Tugende…

Smart Freight Centre – Annual Report 2020

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Smart Freight Centre (SFC) is a leading voice globally for the logistics community, bringing together multinational companies to improve efficiencies and reduce CO²e emissions. In their 2020 Annual Report SFC puts ‘freight in the limelight’ and reflects on the significant impact made across the global logistics community. Since its inception, more than 100 multinationals use…

Easy Matatu is cleaning up Kampala’s transport sector

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In a new report Easy Matatu present key insights from its work formalising the minibus taxi industry in Kampala, Uganda. Informal transport is prevalent across greater Kampala, contributing to high traffic congestion and air pollution. With over 16,000 minibus taxis in operation, unregulated services and vehicles often mean customers are forced to use poorly maintained,…

International Women’s Day recognised across the SF portfolio

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As the world recognises International Women’s Day there are stories from across the Shell Foundation portfolio recognising the importance and impact of gender equality. Gender impact across markets and sectors Aavishkaar, a multi-product growth financial services group with a focus on India and Africa, launched its 2020 Impact Report on International Women’s Day, featuring stories…

Lessons Learnt from Implementing Women-Centered Initiatives in India

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In 2018 the POWERED (Promotion of Women in Energy Related Enterprises for Development) programme was launched by FCDO India and SF to increase gender inclusion across the energy value chain, which is vital if the UN SDG7 is to be met. S4S Technologies was one of the first businesses supported through the POWERED programme, established…

Seeking proposals for new health electrification finance mechanisms

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Shell Foundation is seeking applications to fund health electrification projects via targeted financing mechanisms as part of a new pilot programme. As mini-grid companies, development finance institutions, health organisations, and non-profits announce initiatives to support the electrification of COVID-19 health facilities, a key challenge remains to strike a balance between rapid deployment and the long-term…

ASOBO officially launch ‘e-boarders’ on Lake Victoria

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SF partner and Kenyan start-up ASOBO officially launched last week, offering replacement electric engines – or e-boarders – for fishing boats, which are cheaper and more environmentally friendly than traditional petrol engines. Thousands of fishing boats – at present powered by expensive and polluting petrol engines – use Kenya’s Lake Victoria every day.  ASOBO plans…

New Household Solar Funders Group established to coordinate donor activity

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A new group of 36 funders active in the field of household solar in Africa, have come together to identify key priority areas to amplify sector impact. The Household Solar Funders Group (HSFG) builds upon the Scaling Off Grid Energy (SOGE) initiative founded by USAID, FCDO, the African Development Bank and Shell Foundation in 2018…

How to implement data-driven investment into mini-grids

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Mini-grids are essential to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7), which aims to provide universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by 2030. In order to achieve this goal, 238 million households will need to gain access to electricity. It is estimated that mini-grids can serve nearly half of these…