Sustainable Fuelwood Management (SFM) project held a Business Forum in Calabar!

The SFM project held a 3-day Business Forum for woodlot developers, fuelwood dealers, efficient woodstoves producers/sellers and Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) from June 19-21, 2018 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Calabar, Cross River State. The forum created an opportunity for fuelwood value chain actors to interact among themselves, exchange experiences, develops skills, and share knowledge and ideas on innovative business and financing models. Over 70% of Nigeria’s estimated 180 million inhabitants still rely on fuel-wood in meeting their energy needs for cooking and heating. The unsustainable and constant use of fuel-wood by Nigerian households and institutions is one of the causes of deforestation and land degradation in Nigeria. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Energy Commission of Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Environment and other stakeholders are supporting the implementation of a 5-Year project: “Sustainable Fuel Wood Management (SFM) in Nigeria”, which commenced in June 2017. The SFM project encourages effective forest management for sustainable fuelwood production and consumption for multiple environmental benefits in Cross River, Delta and Kaduna states for the next 5 years. The Business forum focused on the establishment of smallholder farmers-managed woodlot; establishment of sustainable fuelwood markets; promotion of energy-efficient woodstoves through market based approaches with community-based micro-credits to incentivize woodlot owners and end-users of cookstoves. Presenters at the forum included: Mr. Femi Oye, Managing Director, SMEFunds; Mrs. Happy Amos, Managing Director, Roshan Global Services Ltd; Mr. Biodun Olaore, Country Director, Envirofit Nigeria; Mrs. Habiba Ali, Managing Director, Sosai Renewable Energy Ltd; Dr. Ladipo from CENRAD Consulting Ltd; Sir Daniel Ugbama, Chief Executive Officer, Communal Rural Entrepreneurial Initiative of...

Tara Agro Industries Limited is the Partner of the Month of May!

Tara Agro Industries Limited is the Partner of the Month of May! In this interview, the Chairman, Chief Engr. Charles Ugwuh shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organisation Tara Agro Industries Limited is an integrated rice processing mill focused on processing paddy stock to finished/polished rice and packaging same as high quality branded rice. The company is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) through the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA). It is one of the five Rice Mills established by the Federal Government in 2009/2012 through the Special Rice Intervention Scheme approved in 2008 aimed at developing high quality milling capacity. The company’s installed capacity is 42,000 tons of Paddy/year.   What does your organisation seek to achieve in the Nigeria’s cooking energy market In processing paddy, rice mills generate considerable volumes of rice husk used partly for energy generation for boilers, dryers etc. The residual rice husk is used to produce briquettes which are a viable source of low cost energy for cooking etc. Our Organisation is seeking to promote the use of these rice husk briquettes for cooking in homes at affordable cost. Until now, the rice husk constituted a major environmental hazard and ecosystem challenge. Therefore an effective utilization of the husk is beneficial to all – delivering more healthy, efficient and eco-friendly cooking system for households.   Can you tell us about your clean cooking activities including your achievements? Our clean cooking activities are to convert these residual husks into an efficient solid fuel and...
SMEFUNDS RECEIVES N50 MILLION FACILITY TO BOOST CLEAN TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION – NIGERIA

SMEFUNDS RECEIVES N50 MILLION FACILITY TO BOOST CLEAN TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION – NIGERIA

LONDON, UK – July 2015 – Today, SMEFUNDS, Africa’s foremost Social Enterprise based in Nigeria is first to receive N50 Million (approx. $300,000) from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through Ecobank Ltd into its Cellulosic Bio Ethanol Gel for Clean Cook Stoves and Pay-As-You-Go Solar Smart Mini-Grid Electricity Projects. This facility is aimed at delivering Clean, Safe and Affordable Energy for more than 1 million low Income Small Business and Households across Nigeria. The Head, Relationship Management MSMED Fund, Development Finance Department, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Tobin J in making this development known to the company, stated that “the CBN governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele has a target that by the end of 2015, half of the fund which is for the purpose of growing our economy through small businesses will be out to the qualifying companies. We are looking at the productive sectors of the economy, the manufacturing, renewable energy, entire agricultural value chain, services; these are areas of emphasis where we want to generate employment and production within the economy so that SMEs will begin to produce goods for export and then we begin to earn foreign exchange”. SMEFUNDS through its new Spin off Companies; Green Energy & Biofuels and Gosolar Africa Ltd, have reached more than 500,000 Base of the Pyramid (BoP) customers in the last 3 years with its Biofuel Gel that has displaced over 4 million liters of Kerosene, Firewood and other dangerous & expensive cooking and lighting alternatives. Gosolar Africa has launched a revolutionary low cost, flexible and reliable Prepaid Energy on demand Pay-As-You Go Solar Mini Grid for increasing productivity for...
Employment Opportunity with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Employment Opportunity with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) is seeking a full-time consultant to support market development activities in Nigeria. The Market Manager will be responsible for building strong relationships with key stakeholders within the private, public, and civil society sectors, working to establish cross-sectorial collaborations and pushing the field of social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Fundraising is an important part of the role, as well as finding, supporting, and evaluating social entrepreneurs to create maximum impact in the clean cookstoves and fuels sector in Nigeria. The Market Manager is expected to bring a combination of entrepreneurial spirit, intellectual curiosity, strategic thinking, passion for social change, focus on tangible results, a collaborative “can do” attitude, and a desire for continuous improvement. We are looking for an inspirational leader who is up for the challenge to launch change programs in Nigeria; someone who can manage operations independently and build a strong portfolio of activities in support of the Alliance’s global goal of reaching 100 million households by 2020. Background The use of open fires and traditional cookstoves and fuels by close to 500 million households globally is one of the world’s most pressing health and environmental problems. According to the World Health Organization, household air pollution from cookstove smoke kills over 4 million people every year and sickens millions more. The Alliance is a public-private partnership established in 2010 and dedicated to creating a thriving global market for cookstoves and fuels to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment. The sector’s collective goal is to enable 100 million households to adopt cleaner and more efficient cookstoves and fuels...
How Solar Sister is fueling a women-led clean energy revolution in Africa

How Solar Sister is fueling a women-led clean energy revolution in Africa

In rural Kenya, a woman named Iniobong opened a maternity clinic to serve her community. It had no electricity, so she used candlelight or kerosene to deliver babies and care for mothers. One day, a woman named Blessing brought a solar light to her prenatal check-up. It sparked Iniobong’s interest, so Blessing told her that she could sell it and other clean energy products herself if she became a “Solar Sister Entrepreneur.” Iniobong started out by buying solar lights and a better cookstove to use at her own clinic. Today, the money she earns as a Solar Sister entrepreneur goes into running her clinic and providing care for the women in her community. “When it came time to bring Blessing’s son into the world, there was still no electricity, but both the patient and nurse were armed with bright solar lights,” said Caroline Mailloux, director of engagement for Solar Sister. “They successfully delivered Blessing’s son into a bright room with no open flames or dangerous fumes.” Solar Sister is a nonprofit that is working to eradicate energy poverty by empowering women to be entrepreneurs. It’s a women-run direct sales network that distributes clean energy technology such as solar lights, mobile phone chargers and clean cook stoves to communities across rural Africa. The International Energy Agency estimates that 585 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, and in some areas of the continent, off-grid households spend $0.50-$0.60 per day on kerosene lighting and basic charging costs. And according to Mailloux, many people are forced to utilize toxic, expensive alternatives like kerosene or paraffin, which can cause burns and...