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We intend to install a solar system in order to reduce up to 60% the operational costs with energy, expand and improve our water supply network, which will naturally increase the operational capacity from the current 20 customers to 100 customers and from the current 15.00 hours to 20.00 hours per day of water supply” Aly Cassimo- Administrator

Shine Water & Serviços, Lda has secured a MZN850,000.00 (approximately USD13,500.00) loan to install a solar system for the supply of drinking water to 100 customers in FAO/Nhumbane community, Marracuene district of Maputo province. The company is the first recipient of the BCI credit line worth 1M USD fund implemented by United Nations Industrial Development Organization- UNIDO, BCI bank, and FUNAE under the Towards Sustainable Energy for All in Mozambique project with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF)


Located in the greater Maputo region that experiences seasonal water scarcity due to a persistent drought since 2015, Shine Water, intends to replace the electrical water supply system with a complete solar system to ensure the pumping of water for storage and distribution.
Currently the company has about 20 customers with an average daily consumption of 500.00 meticais that corresponds to an average monthly revenue of 10,000.00 meticais. This project has a total estimated cost of MZN1,135,000.00 and it will combine the loan from the credit line with investment contributions that will be made by Sheine Water


Once up and running, the solar powered water supply system will benefit 100 people in Nhumbane community, Marracuene district and increase the Sheine Water’s monthly revenue from 10,000 to 50,000 Meticais


We intend to install a solar system in order to reduce up to 60% the operational costs with energy, expand and improve our water supply network, which will naturally increase the operational capacity from the current 20 customers to 100 customers and from the current 15.00 hours to 20.00 hours per day of water supply” Aly Cassimo- Administrator


With the recently disbursed BCI SUPER credit line fund, Shine Water will be able to implement a project that will, ensure increased access to water supply services to households; increase the capacity to store water in acceptable quantities to ensure that families have water at all times; increase the number of project beneficiaries; and ensure the reduction of electricity costs as the water supply powered by the solar system will be more affordable compared to the electric system.


“The installation process of the water supply system entails, placement of a submersible solar powered pump that extracts water stored in deposits of 10,000litre tanks in towers with an elevation of 12 meters high, which is distributed to consumers” - Benedito Júlio Pinto, Solar technology Supplier.


The BCI SUPER Credit Line for the financing of renewable energy systems for productive uses was launched in April 2021. The fund is the first of the kind in Mozambique allowing Small and Medium size Enterprises, Individual Entrepreneurs, Associations, Cooperatives, NGOs to access funds with attractive conditions including a fixed annual interest rate of 7.5%. Entities interested in benefiting from this funding can express their interest through the project website www.tse4allm.org.mz

CREDITO SUP1
 "UNIDO has worked tirelessly with BCI and FUNAE, to bring to market a financial mechanism driving the adoption of integrated renewable energy systems, promoting in particular: solar systems for the agricultural value chain; solar systems for productive use of the commercial sector; and systems for transformation of organic waste and into biogas"---- Mr. Jaime Comiche, UNIDO representative in Mozambique. 
Budgeted at one million dollars, the credit will be, as stated by BCI administrator, Miguel Alves, in his intervention “in the form of a guarantee fund for risk mitigation, with the expectation of easing the required guarantees”.  

The UNIDO representative in Mozambique, Jaime Comiche remarked that “in the last two years UNIDO has worked tirelessly with BCI and FUNAE, to bring to the market a financial mechanism that drives the adoption of integrated renewable energy systems, promoting in in particular: solar systems for the agricultural value chains; solar systems for productive use in the commercial sector; and systems for transforming organic waste and biogas ”. He also referred to the adversities that hit the country, namely the cyclones Idai and Kenneth, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the outbreaks of insecurity in the Central and Northern part of the country. “In the face of such adversities, the relevance of this financial mechanism has become even more reinforced. It has become more urgent to supplement the resilience and adaptability of local communities and SMEs to short-term adversities to protect livelihoods, food security and jobs. The BCI SUPER Credit Line thus becomes part of the response to the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19, and of the ‘building back better’ strategy supported by the UN Secretary-General, ”said Mr. Jaime Comiche.

Speaking at the virtual event,  FUNAE's President, António Saíde, affirmed that the energy fund is engaged in implementing the government's vision of universal access to energy by 2030 within the framework of the Energy for All Program. He urged that “there is an urgent need to transform the means of social inclusion into a means of economic inclusion, that is, to seek the productive use of energy for all”.

Representing the government, the National Director of Energy, Pascoal Bacela, affirmed the launch of the guarantee fund as a great contribution in the construction of the sustainability base for the service of supplying energy to all consumers on a national scale. He stressed that the promotion of the productive use of energy is imperative in the electrification process, emphasizing that this happens at different scales. "The sustainable use of energy happens at different levels, at the micro level, it helps SMEs to create jobs. At the macro level, it is the basis of all development activities, such as education, health, agro-processing, etal. Therefore, we encourage all SMEs and NGOs to embrace the BCI SUPER Credit line " said Mr. Bacela at official launch of the guarantee fund, CREDITO SUPER.

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The quantities of crops we are selling today like green pepper, green beans, lettuce, onions, and corn are surpassing what we used to before, when we used watering cans”- Ines Maria, Female smallholder farmer, Sofala speaking of the benefits of using solar water pumping and small irrigation systems
UNIDO with funding from The GEF partnered with ADPP Mozambique to implement a Farmers’ Club program in the provinces of Zambezia, Sofala and Tete targeting 2,250 small scale farmers, most of them women, organized in 45 farmers’ clubs. The intervention contributed to poverty reduction in the respective areas by promoting local value chains, developing the farmers’ business skills, with a focus on women’s empowerment and increased income of the small holder farmers. 4,000 smallholder farmers (55% women) now have access to solar powered irrigation systems irrigating a total area of 31 hectares of land and enabling them to be productive all year around. The installations coincided with the beginning of the rainy season period in which the farmers normally prepare their fields for cultivating. 
 

solar powered tablets educating rural communities covid 19 full

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“We use solar-powered tablets to conduct community education campaigns on financial education, contraception and HIV, health, vaccinations, civic education, and now to inform communities about measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” says Dayn Amade, founder of the Tablet Comunitário/Community Tablet.