Investment Name: UpOwa SAS

Region: Sub Saharan Africa

 Country: Cameroon

Sector: Solar PV

Total ElectriFI Financing: 3m EUR

Environmental and Social Category: C

(A) high risk, (B+) medium high risk, (B) medium risk or (C) low risk

Project overview:

UpOwa is an off-grid energy company distributing solar home systems using pay-as-you-go technology and is the first mover and currently the leader in Cameroon. UpOwa operates a lease-to-own model where the buyer pays an upfront fee and then a monthly leasing fee based on an 18 to 24-month contract period.

Funding objective and impact:

ElectriFI will support the expansion in Cameroon.

 Why ElectriFI wants to fund this project:

UpOwa plays a catalytic role in bringing solar PV solutions to rural population in Cameroon.

 Environmental and social rationale:

The E&S risk category of the transaction has been classified as C.

Activities come with limited adverse risks associated with waste management and battery disposal.

IFC Performance Standards 1 to 3 can be triggered. These are expected to be mitigated appropriately via the Environmental and Social Management Plans of the company.

Key E&S risks and issues associated with this project include: the company’s capacity and systems to manage EHS and safety aspects during construction and operation in compliance with legal requirements as well as IFC Performance Standards (PSs).

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