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Matembwe-Ikondo Mini-Grid: Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future

CEFA International Cooperation

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Advancing Climate Change Solutions
  • Grant Amount $95,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2019–September 30, 2021
  • Location Bologna, Italy
  • Geographic Focus Tanzania

About this grant

Providing sustainable energy for all is critical for 21st century socio-economic development. A key challenge for rural delivery of electricity is the expense and lack of financing for households to connect to the service. These barriers to connection make it difficult for off-grid renewable energy providers to grow their businesses and reach profitability. CEFA International Cooperation launched its first rural electrification project in 1986. The project is still thriving with expanded generating capacity and new businesses established because it is now a community-owned asset with the communities being served involved in its decisionmaking. With this grant increase, the grantee will work to further strengthen off-grid energy enterprises in the agriculture and public service sectors. The grantee will also use the additional funds to document and share the project’s successes in order to advance general understanding of off-grid energy’s benefits.