Introducing 82 newly selected green businesses joining UGEFA

02 SEPTEMBER 2021 | KAMPALA

We are glad to announce that, following our second call for applications, a new group of 82 green enterprises have been accepted to join the 6-month UGEFA Catalyser with loan matchmaking!

Newly selected businesses are innovating waste management in Uganda: Lanic Enterprises Limited produces organic paper from locally sourced organic materials such as cotton, banana and pineapple fibres, rice straws and recycled paper; Aquila Recycling Industries diverts tonnes of plastics from the municipal landfills in a sustainable, profitable and environmentally friendly manner; Upcycle Africa trains unemployed youth, women, teenage mothers, and widows to transform post-consumer plastic bottles into eco-friendly building materials to construct eco-homes for poor communities at affordable prices.

Others are ensuring equitable access to clean energy solutions: Pearl Entrepreneurs Academy (PEA) delivers solar lanterns, low emission cook stoves, and ceramic water filters to underserved markets in last mile communities; Eco-Agric Uganda trains local communities to use energy saving cook stoves, and promotes use of water filtering technology; All in Trade delivers photovoltaic, and wind projects, power backup systems, LED Lighting and power protection devices ranging from domestic to large-scale solutions at affordable prices.

Many of the businesses are transforming their sectors entirely, demonstrating that “green” is much more than we might initially think: Gorilla Summit Coffee sustainably produces, processes and sells single origin, traceable coffee, uplifting smallholders to receive a fairer price within environmentally sustainable export supply chains; Advantage Safaris offers eco-safaris and eco-lodge and treetop accommodation in Uganda and Rwanda while employing local people, particularly women.

Want to meet even more of the 82 green businesses who will be joining the UGEFA programme in the coming months? Discover more here