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Projet Energy Access Fund
The EAVF fund, a French investment vehicle, invests in SMEs which provide rural and peri-urban populations in Sub-Saharan Africa with access to cheap low-carbon electricity.
Client presentation
Energy Access Ventures Fund (EAVF) is a French investment vehicle sponsored by Schneider Electric and managed by Aster Capital. It was launched in partnership with CDC Group, the European Investment Bank (EIB), OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM).
Project description
EAVF invests in equity, quasi-equity and loans in SMEs which provide solutions for access to cheap low-carbon electricity for rural and peri-urban populations in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has EUR 54.5m of assets which will be invested in about twenty SMEs for a 5-year period. The financing will initially be implemented in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Proparco’s financial support will be earmarked for EAVF’s technical assistance facility. This facility will provide the companies invested in with training and consultant missions in key sectors, such as environmental and social governance or management.
Project impact
This operation will provide long-term support for access to energy for the most disadvantaged populations living in rural and peri-urban areas. It will thereby contribute to boosting economic activity in these regions. It will also have a positive impact on the climate by allowing many final beneficiaries to replace the use of fossil fuels by renewable energies. In addition, it will contribute to building the capacities of SMEs thanks to the training and missions financed by the fund’s technical assistance facility.
12/02/2015
Date of signature of the project
Ghana Kenya Tanzania Multi-country Africa
Location
5 300 000 Euros
Amount of funding
Equity investment of EUR 5m and techinical assistance EUR 300,000
Financing details
ENERGY ACCESS VENTURES FUND
Client
PRO-AFRIQUE-EAV-OFFGRID-2015

620 million Africans with no lighting

AFRICA – Universal access to reliable, affordable, clean energy is one of the major challenges on today’s development agenda. In 2011, the United Nations launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative with the aim of bringing together stakeholders from governments, business and civil society to eliminate energy poverty. This is a field in which Proparco has been active for years.