Facilitating Access to Finance for the Biodiesel Industry in Southern Africa

Background

Purpose

To assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) gain access to institutional funding for biodiesel production in SADC countries with a focus on Zambia, Lesotho and Tanzania.

Main Activities

  • Consult with national and regional authorities to establish legislative requirements and policies with regard to biofuels in general and biodiesel in particular;
  • Establish a dedicated biofuels website and a business planning helpline for Southern Africa;
  • Develop a generic small-scale biodiesel business plan with supporting manual describing how SMEs can customize their business plans;
  • Develop a guidebook on how to obtain finance from national and international institutions;
  • Organise a workshop enabling a clean energy organization in each of the target countries to support biodiesel business development.

Expected Impact

  • Improved quality of life and reduction in poverty in agricultural and peri-urban areas of the target countries through the generation of viable businesses;
  • Increased energy security;
  • Improved access to finance for small-scale biodiesel producers through better business planning and support systems.
Programme sector: 

Renewable Energy (RE) (Business&Finance)

Stage of project: 

Completed

Location: 

LS/Lesotho, TZ/Tanzania, ZM/Zambia

Duration: 

2006 - 2008

Budget: 

€ 76,870 including co-funding from WISIONS/SEPS

Implementing agency: 

African Sustainable Fuels Centre (ASFC)

REEEP grant funded by:

Government of Ireland