Stärkung von Mikro-Unternehmen mit solarbetriebenen Ladegeräten in West Afrika

Contract partner: Arbeitsgemeinschaft - Solar ChargersCountry: Ghana Funding amount: € 200.000,00Project start: 01.01.2016End: 30.06.2018

Short Description:

Overall goal

The business partnership aims at contributing to affordable, cost-saving and environmentally-friendly energy services for rural populations and facilitating entrepreneurship by building the capacity of solar-charging micro-entrepreneurs.

Expected results

100+ micro-entrepreneurs, of which 50% are women, will act as solar-charging micro-entrepreneurs in rural areas; 2-3 full-time employees will be hired, more than 5 sales agents and middle men will be trained on the solar devices (use, distribution, cables, maintenance); 4.000 solar charges are distributed and sold per year, and 20.000+ household members will have access to solar-charging devices through the entrepreneurs who are able to scale up over time and become multipliers in their area.

Target group / Beneficiaries

In addition, socially and economically disadvantaged members of society will have facilitated grants to afford the solar devices. The panels will be used in rural areas granting light, the ability to charge phones, or use small electronic devices, for cheaper and clean access to modern energy services. Women in particular are considered trustworthy entrepreneurs to foster and train.


The components consist of training for micro-entrepreneurs to use the PowerTAB, for business development, on- and off-line quality support, co-financing of socially disadvantaged people, as well as looking at possibilities to use local African designs for the incorporation into the Solar devices and SunnyBag. Furthermore, the partners will transmit information in trainings about waste disposal and will also take back broken devices within a 2-year warranty, with incentives to get a new PowerTAB.


Results of FS-2551-02/2014-SUB02 have informed the project design of this business partnership.

project number2550-21/2015
source of fundingOEZA
sector Energiegewinnung /erneuerbare Energiequellen
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Climate change mitigation: 1, Trade: 2
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
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    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
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