All the latest news, blogs and events from Energise Africa

Water from the sun: how solar-powered pumps can energise a whole community

This article was first published by Guardian Labs 

Farms and small enterprises powered by solar energy are bringing new jobs and cash investment to Tanzanian villages. 

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The rise of the solar economy - introducing the firms lighting up Africa

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More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to power. Energise Africa is enabling individual investors to back companies helping to solve this energy crisis.

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Power of the sun - how solar is improving community life in Africa

This article was first published on Guardian Labs

Investing in solar energy has created a better future for Senegalese families, with improvements including education, safety, security and health

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Electric dreams: the solar enterprise that's transforming ethical investing

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Energise Africa is improving hundreds of thousands of lives through solar-power projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Boost your finances and help families in need - a step-by-step guide

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Most of us want to do good with our money, and online impact investing platform Energise Africa is helping to empower would-be investors

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3 in 5 people take ethical considerations when shopping for financial services

Almost 60 per cent of people consider how a company operates and performs in matters relating to the environment, social issues and governance when buying financial services. However, just 17% of respondents say they hold ethical investments. 

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Azuri Technologies and Energise Africa launch latest UK crowd campaign to raise £2.5m

New investment of £2.5 M will extend pay-as-you-go-solar to 100,000 more people in Africa and accelerate the achievement of UN SDG 7

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How can solar energy access help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

In September 2015, the world’s leaders came together to agree on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. These cover equality, health, energy access, education, poverty and more.

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Energise Africa hits £5 million milestone

Energise Africa has successfully raised more than £5 million from 1,000 UK retail investors supporting solar energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa

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Energise Africa will receive an additional £1.6 million of capital from UK aid

Energise Africa will receive an additional £1.6 million of capital to attract crowd investment from 1,500 new small UK investors, and connect at least 125,000 more people to clean, reliable energy. 

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Nicer ISAs creating a positive impact in Africa

From 2016 investors also have an ethical ISA option via the Innovative Finance ISA (IF ISA). This means that investors can create a positive impact with their investments, whilst also benefiting from tax-free returns. 

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Can millennials shape the future of impact investing for the better?

The tech savvy Millennials are not only the largest generation so far, they are also the most ethically-minded. Can they really shape the future of ethical investing by putting their money where their mouth is? 

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1,250 Energise Africa supporters making an impact with their money

Just over 9 months since launch and Energise Africa has attracted over 1,250 motivated supporters, who have invested more than £4 million in funding for 33 projects in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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A £3 million milestone is an encouraging step towards achieving Global Goals

Energise Africa has raised over £3 million in funding for 25 projects in rural areas of Africa, with investors earning a potential return of up to 6%. Find out more about the on the ground impact here. 

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Our UK investors raise £1.7M to deliver Azuri solar power to rural Africa

The partnership between Azuri and Energise Africa enables retail investors to support the transformation of Africa and at the same time, make a potential return of 5% per annum on their investment. 

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New annual £2.5 million crowdfunding initiative launched by BBOXX and Lendahand Ethex

Lendahand Ethex partners with BBOXX to raise a target £2.5 million per year via a series of retail focused investment offers to deliver life changing solar home systems whilst targeting a 5 % annual return.

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How can solar energy help smallholders in sub-Saharan Africa?

Most households in sub-Saharan Africa depend on smallholder agriculture for their livelihoods. How can solar water pumps help them to address the issues of water shortages, uncertain rainfall and rising temperatures and their impact on food production and crop yields? 

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Energise Africa: Financing Off Grid Solar Solutions

‘The Africa Energy Forum: Off The Grid’ invited Lendahand Ethex’s Managing Director Danny den Hartog to speak about the importance of providing flexible financing for Off Grid Solar Solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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How funding solar access in Africa is helping bring impact investing opportunities to UK investors

Find out how impact investing is not longer aimed solely at experienced investors or institutions with large portfolios; new opportunities are opening up for eligible socially-motivated investors to make a positive impact with their money.

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How off grid solar has helped to create a generation of entrepreneurs in Kenya

SunTransfer and Sollatek are two businesses that have recently listed on the platform and provide great examples of how thriving solar businesses can be created in Kenya by tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit which is so prevalent in the country.

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