Sodigaz is a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) company in Mali. The company sells cylinders of LPG for domestic use, which are primarily used by women for household cooking needs. Traditionally, cookstoves are fueled with charcoal or wood, contributing to deforestation, a major issue in Mali. Charcoal also emits CO2 and pollutants that are harmful to both the environment and human health. Cooking with LPG not only curbs deforestation, but also emits substantially less toxins and provides considerable energy savings.
When Sodigaz contacted AREED, the company was experiencing two major impediments to growth: storage capacity and adequate stock. AREED provided Sodigaz with a loan that allowed the company to increase its storage capacity and purchase more cylinders for distribution. Today Sodigaz has expanded its capacity and distribution and is experiencing growth in sales at a rate of 20% per year.