Using Microfinance to Expand Access to Energy Services: The Emerging Experiences in East Africa of Faulu Kenya and Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives

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Publication Title

Using Microfinance to Expand Access to Energy Services: The Emerging Experiences in East Africa of Faulu Kenya and Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives

Publication Type

The SEEP Network Report

Author(s)

John Kabutha, May Sengendo, Jacob Winiecki, and Ellen Morris

Publication Date

2007

ISBN-ISSN-EAN

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Contact

The SEEP Network,
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009-5721
Tel. 1-202-884-8581; Fax 1-202-884-8479

Email - seep@seepnetwork.org Web - www.seepnetwork.org

Contents

Summary

This action research project, Using Microfinance to Expand Access to Energy Services, looks at energy lending offered by a select number of MFIs on three continents—Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The objective is to document the opportunities, challenges, costs, and effects of integrating energy products into a MFI’s product mix, develop feedback for future expansions of these energy-lending products, and share the lessons learned with the industry at large.

This study in the East Africa region examines in depth the energy lending of Faulu Kenya and KUSCCO, two MFIs with different approaches to offering loans to their clients for energy services and products, through field work and a desk/literature review. The field research included interviews with selected staff of the MFIs, energy suppliers, clients, and other energy stakeholders, and analysis of the MFIs’ lending programs and financial and accounting reports.

The research highlights the competitive edge that gives each MFI a unique position, a wide array of best practicesand lessons learned that can benefit other MFIs, and schemes and mechanisms that worked well in their respective environments. The country context of each MFI in the study has significant influence on the implementation and the market potential of energy lending by MFIs.

Content

Chapter 1 - Introduction and methodology for project
Chapter 2 - Kenya country context
Chapter 3 - Faulu Kenya
Chapter 4 - Kenya union of savings and credit cooperatives
Chapter 5 - Conclusion and recommendations

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Attachments

 File Energy Africa FINAL.pdf

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