New Energy Nexus Uganda is an incubator and accelerator that empowers rural community-based organizations to learn business skills and receive financing to launch sustainable clean energy enterprises. The entrepreneurs receive a low-cost clean energy loan and a 1:1 business coach, taking our Business-in-a-Box solution from idea to execution.
In Uganda, over 85% of the population lacks access to electricity, and 98% lack access to modern fuels for cooking. However, simple affordable technologies have already been developed to solve these problems. High quality low-cost solar lights, water filters, briquettes, and improved cookstoves are being manufactured and distributed in developing countries, but they aren’t reaching the rural areas – the so-called “last mile” as these areas lack sophisticated supply chains and delivery systems. Energy suppliers are forced to have vertical integration models as they cannot find reliable distributors in rural areas to wholesale volume and turnover stock. In developing countries there exist thousands of self-organized Community Based Organizations (CBOs), which are non-profit cooperatives, that solve local problems in absence of government services. They understand the energy problems well and want to distribute essential clean energy technologies in their community. Highly influential and experts at local advocacy, CBOs demonstrate a trusted network for clean energy product distribution.