Success Stories

Adapt Plus Ltd.

Technology: Carbonized briquettes

Value Added

  • Refining the business idea
  • Business and entrepreneurship skills training
  • Developing a business model;
  • Business plan development
  • Seed funding that enabled the company to import a roller-press machine from China and construct a production house with a store and worker’s quarter
  • Business development support that improved the company’s financial management system
  • Formation of a consortium which enabled improved exchange with other companies in the sector
  • Provided a gasifier plant that supplements that company’s power needs
  • Access to interns

Achievements

  • Developed from a prototype to a product accepted by the market
  • Signed an MoU with UNHCR to supply 5 tons of briquettes per day in Kyaka II refugee settlement

Best of Waste Limited

Technology: Carbonized briquettes

Value Added

  • Business and Entrepreneurship skills training
  • Business plan development
  • Company incorporation
  • Automated machinery
  • Constructed a model drying facility
  • Networking platform where the entrepreneur gets to benchmark, get valuable
    contacts to improve their operations. Due to this networking, end of 2017 the company started making stoves and these have made it easier to sell their briquettes. 
  • Access to interns

 Achievements

  • Increased production from less than 500kgs to 10 tons per month
  • Have constructed 5 institutional cook stoves
  • Selling an average of 18 household and 10 brooder stoves per month, ensuring continuous supply of briquettes

Eco Gardens Rwenzori Limited

Technology: Hydropower

Value Added

  • Business plan development
  • Constructed 1.6km headrace from River Esya to the entrepreneurs power house
  • Skills development in hydropower generation
  • Business planning
  • Partnership networking (PSFU / EAST AFRICAN POWER / POWER AFRICA / ENERGY 4 IMPACT /Ministry of energy/ CREEC )
  • Accessed grant and credit financing
  • Access to interns

Achievements

  • Investment from other partners to develop micro hydropower projects
  • Supply of power the community

Mandulis Energy Limited

Technology: Biomass gasification

Value Added

  • 32kW Biomass gasifier plant
  • Plant technical and operational support
  • Training of technicians

Achievements

  • Proved that biomass gasification can work in the rural areas
  • Secured additional follow on funding
  • Setup two Special Purpose Vehicles
  1. Earth Energy that is conducting feasibility studies for developing a 20MW grid-tied biomass power plant in Gulu District. Received investment from African Development Bank and Uganda Energy Credit Capitalization Company (UECCC). Once construction is completed, this will be the first and largest grid-tied biomass gasification power plant in Africa.
  2. II) REPARLE (Renewable Energy Powering Agriculture and Rural Livelihood Enhancement) is developing an off-grid electrification project in Norway District to provide agro-processing services to 1500 farmers. The SPV received investment from UNCDF and other funders

Awamu Biomass Energy Limited

Technology: Gasifier stoves

Value Added

  • Business and entrepreneurship skills training
  • Business plan development
  • Business mentoring
  • Exposure to local networks for customers, and research
  • Grant and loan financing which opened doors for other financing especially from venture capital
  • Affiliation to REBi has improved the perception of Awamu locally and globally

The Portico Limited

Technology: Carbonized briquettes

Value Added

  • Business and entrepreneurship skills training
  • Business plan development
  • Seed funding that enabled the company to purchase more automated machinery
  • Business development and technical assistance that improved the company’s operations and financial management system
  • Formation of a consortium which enabled improved exchange with other companies in the sector
  • Access to interns

Achievements

Signed an MoU with UNHCR to supply a minimum of 60 tons of briquettes per month in Nakivale refugee settlement