Clean Energy Kiosks in Refugee Settlements

Lead Organization: Save the Children
Partners: New Energy Nexus/ENVenture, Raising Gabdho Foundation Ltd.
Duration: January 2021 – December 2021
Goal: The aim is to improve accessibility for refugees to be able to purchase quality and affordable clean energy solutions.
Highlight: The project will increase access to energy products, with a particular focus on clean energy products, for vulnerable households targeting women in particular. The solution centres on community mobilization to drive inclusivity and sustainability, leveraging existing Village Savings and Loan Associations.

The solution will identify the untapped potential of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), leveraging existing structures, including governance structures, to create energy cooperatives. These cooperatives will be trained to run energy kiosks which will become localized distributors of clean energy products in refugee settlements. An energy needs assessment and VSLA mapping will ensure that kiosks are designed to meet the needs of end users in terms of location and products stocked. Purchases are driven via distribution of digital commodity vouchers, driving reinvestment in the operation of the kiosk in its initial months of implementation. ENVenture (ENV) and Raising Gabdho Foundation (RGF) will establish and operate kiosks in Kiryandongo and Bibi Bidi respectively. Save the Children (SC) will implement the voucher programme in both locations.


Contact lead organization Save the Children
Stijn Koster