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Simusolar Inc.

Country
Tanzania
Technology
Solar PV
Business model
Productive Use

Investment name: Simusolar Inc.

Contract signature date: June 2021

Total ElectriFI financing:  USD 1.5 m (EUR 1.26m equivalent)

Website: https://simusolar.com/

Region: East Africa

Country: Tanzania

Sector: Productive use

Allocation: EDFI ElectriFi Global

Environmental and Social Category: C
(A) high risk, (B+) medium high risk, (B) medium risk or (C) low risk

Project overview:

Simusolar is a company established in Tanzania focused on creating solar-powered equipment that has  a direct impact on productivity. The company provides and finances accessible, affordable and energy-efficient solar-powered water pumps and fishing lights, meeting the needs of rural smallholders and fishermen.

Funding objective:

ElectriFI invested USD 1.5 m in Simusolar Inc. alongside other financiers, enabling the company to strengthen its operations in Tanzania and Uganda, reaching  out to a total of ~27,000 beneficiaries. The objective of this investment opportunity is to create  long-term impact via productive use equipment that directly increases income of smallholder farmers and fishermen.

Why ElectriFI wants to fund this project:

ElectriFI is supportive of Simusolar business model as it effectively enables smallholders to increase their irrigation capacity and harvesting and generate more output.  Solar-powered equipment are substitutes of  costly and polluting diesel generators or petrol-powered equipment.

Environmental and social rationale:

The E&S risk category of the transaction has been classified as C. The environmental and social risks and impacts associated with this project are limited, site-specific and can be readily addressed through generally accepted mitigation measures. The main E&S risks are associated with labour as well as working conditions of employees and contract workers and with e-waste. IFC Performance Standards 1 to 3 may be triggered.

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