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Developing Energy Enterprises Program (DEEP)

The Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) helped small energy businesses to grow in order to expand energy access in developing countries. The Developing Energy Enterprises Program (DEEP) supported the growth of these enterprises by providing them with business and technical advice, as well as helping them access capital.


Through the Developing Energy Enterprises Program, GVEP developed a sustainable and widespread industry of micro and small energy enterprises. Spanning five years, DEEP started in March 2008 and ended in February 2013.  This €4 million initiative was supported by the European Union and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS).

It aimed to deliver energy access to 1.8 million people in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. This target was substantially exceeded as it reached over four million beneficiaries by the end of the program.

Over 900 micro and small energy enterprises (MSEEs) were supported by DEEP. These businesses were involved in the manufacture and / or supply of clean cook stoves, solar PV products and services, clean fuel briquettes and biogas systems.

GVEP provided them with mentoring, training and support services covering: product quality and technical issues, business and sales skills, access to finance and access to business networks.

These entrepreneurs work at the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) in rural and periurban areas. The products and services they offer have contributed to provide an improved access to clean energy solutions for low-income customers in these communities. This program created approximately 3,000 jobs in the region.

Outputs and resources

For more information see the program section on the GVEP website.

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