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Investing in Women’s Entrepreneurship for a Greener Economy in Benin (IFEV-Benin) was set up by the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF). The funding – CAD 6 million (around $4.38m) – is provided by Global Affairs Canada (GAC).
A village in the South of Benin has inaugurated a mini-grid powered by solar panels and supported by 130kWh of lithium-ion batteries. The mini-grid in Dohoué connects more than 1,500 residents and businesses to clean energy.
The mini-grid, expected to connect over 1,500 residents to electricity, is part of the company’s wider plans to install over 20 mini-grids in Benin, which will serve more than 30,000 people across 20 rural localities collectively, through a total 1.2 MW capacity.
Residents of Amagba community, Benin, the Edo State capital, were excited and grateful to the Benin branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers for donating solar street lights spanning a distance of 420 metres on Emwinmadomwan Street.
Two and a half years after Oikocredit invested in the off-grid enterprise Weziza, we look at how better access to electricity is supporting economic development in West Africa. New mini-grids have created a positive impact for more than 2,500 households and 15,000 people.
In the Kalalé District of Benin, West Africa, basic health services are hard to come by. Historically, a lack of electrical infrastructure in this region has meant no power to pump clean water or refrigerate vaccines. That has now changed due to a recently completed project by the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF).
In Benin, there are many rural localities that are not yet electrified. In these and even in those that are already electrified, the use of electricity for cooking food is non-existent. Cooking meals in rural areas is still done with firewood fetched from bushes miles from their village mostly by women.
The African Development Bank has awarded Benin a total loan of €164.25 million ($178,740,956) to improve urban service delivery and build climate-resilient infrastructure to deal with flooding caused by climate change.

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