Welcome to AREED

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The United Nations Environment Programme's African Rural Energy Enterprise Development Programme (AREED) a follow-up of the wider programme REED, operates in Africa to develop new sustainable energy enterprises that use clean, efficient, and renewable energy technologies. These new enterprises can meet the energy needs of under-served populations while reducing the damaging environmental and health consequences of existing energy practices, particularly from low quality biomass fuels such as wood and dung.

The successful AREED I offered energy entrepreneurs in Mali, Ghana, Tanzania, Senegal and Zambia a combination of enterprise development services, as technical support and, early stage financing to promote small, sustainable energy ventures. . This integrated financial and technical support allows entrepreneurs to plan and structure their companies for growth and makes eventual investments by mainstream financial partners possible.

After the success of AREED I, AREED II  adds end-user financing — primarily micro lending—to the mix, to reach out further to rural communities in urgent need of energy solutions that can generate income and improve quality of life

Enterprise Development Investments in Senegal

Increasing the Availability of Liquid Petroleum Gas in Senegal: Strengthening the LMBD Distribution Network.

Sodigaz-cooking-stove-women-smallLMBD is a private company based in Senegal that specializes in the distribution of liquid petroleum gas (LPG). The company holds 8% of the country’s market share with a sales volume of 10,000 T per year. 


This project aims to increase the stock of gas cylinders for a network of 10 butane gas wholesalers that work in partnership with LMBD.

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Sangomar Ice Fabrics and Fisheries (SIFF)

In tropical countries such as Senegal, ice is an essential resource for the fishing industry.

fish_smoking_joal_smallFishermen, traders, and processing employees (mostly women), rely on ice to preserve fish and keep it fresh. Currently, the demand for ice is greater than what existing ice manufacturers can supply, creating recurrent shortages throughout the country.

Augmenting the capacity of existing ice factories and building new plants and cold storage units could reduce these shortages.

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