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The solar tunnel dryer is part of the GIZ Micro-Enterprise Startup Support Initiative (MESSI) mini-grant scheme being implemented in partnership with the National Association of Cooperative Credit Unions in The Gambia (NACCUG). In addition, the women also received small equipment and appliances to enhance fish preparation, handling and hygiene.
Gambia’s energy market has been undergoing significant changes in recent years. To support the implementation of the National Energy Policy, the government has established a number of institutions and regulatory bodies responsible for overseeing the energy sector.
By improving the reliability and affordability of electricity supply, smart grids can help to drive economic growth and poverty reduction in the country. Moreover, by supporting the integration of renewable energy sources and decentralized energy systems, smart grids can help The Gambia to achieve its ambitious renewable energy targets.
Fatou Njie dropped out of school at age 17 but soon developed an interest in solar power after seeing other young women in her community learning to install solar panels.She has now trained around 80 students – many who also dropped out of school and hopes to help more women to become independent and self-sufficient.
The Guard-Africa Initiative will catalyse conversations towards the accelerating implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Niger, Cameroon, Zambia, Botswana, Morocco, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Gabon.

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