Economic growth through sustainable access to renewable energy solutions in rural Lesotho

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A social enterprise project to promote and distribute renewable energy solutions in rural Lesotho.

Economic growth for sustainable access to renewable energy Lesotho


Project overview    

The Economic Growth Through Sustainable Access to Renewable Energy project aims to build a social enterprise that will provide, promote and distribute renewable energy solutions to rural communities and smallholder farmers in five of Lesotho's districts, namely, Leribe, Berea, Maseru, Mafeteng, and Mohale's Hoek.


The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the socio-economic development of rural households in Lesotho through access to energy efficient and renewable energy services and technologies (EERE). A sustainable social enterprise will be established to distribute the EERE technology to rural populations to meet their different needs. The project also aims to establish a sustainable distribution chain from the builder to the final beneficiary in Lesotho's rural areas.

A secondary goal of the project is to develop the revenues of 40 independent distributors. A third goal is to sensitize 10,000 community members on the negative impact of the use of biomass fuels in their homes and to encourage the use of solar lamps.


February 2018 - February 2021 (36 months)

Implementing organisation        

Positive Planet International


Rural Self-help Development Association (RSDA)

Benefitting zone and beneficiaries                            

          5 Lesotho districts, namely, Leribe, Berea, Maseru, Mafeteng, and Mohale's Hoek

  • 5,000 rural producers in these districts.
  • 40 independent distributors who are rural citizens of these districts trained to sell renewable energy technologies (at least 75% women)



Total Cost                          

EUR 1,252,420

EU contracted amount   

EUR 1,001,936   

Funding Instrument                       

European Development Fund (EDF 11 through Financing Agreement  FED/2016/036-076- Support to the reform in the energy sector in Lesotho)               


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