Empowering Distribution Networks for Lasting Impact
Empowering Solar Last Mile Distributors
Harnessing the Power of Data and Expertise
At the core of this modern fund lies the fusion of SIMA’s expertise with cutting-edge data-driven processes. By leveraging digitally enabled data, we are streamlining operations and empowering locally-owned, digitally-enabled off-grid solar and clean cooking companies to secure the necessary funding for expansion. Our approach combines data from diverse sources, including the digital platforms such as Angaza Hub, with SIMA’s well-established underwriting scorecard. This unique blend optimizes the investment process and boosts the potential of promising, smaller pay-as-you- go (PAYG) solar and clean cooking companies to attract investment. Through this innovation, we can now finance off-grid solar LMDs that were previously overlooked, propelling the growth of the off- grid energy sector. Simultaneously, we are expanding access to life-changing products for families across developing countries.families across developing countries.
A Focus on Gender EqualityThe EDFF strongly emphasizes promoting gender equity within the LMDs it supports. We encourage these companies to actively champion the participation of women in their workforce and customer base. Additionally, we prioritize companies that are led by women, actively employ women, foster policies conducive to women’s employment, and offer products and services tailored to meet the needs of female customers. By integrating a gender lens into our investment decisions, we aim to foster a more inclusive and equitable energy ecosystem that benefits women, their families, and their communities.
What Our Investees Say
“EDFF funding came at a time when Zambia’s economic situation had significantly deteriorated due to the government’s default and the onset of the COVID pandemic, leaving almost zero funding opportunities for off-grid companies. Thanks to their support, RDG was able to navigate the myriad of challenges and today is posting record results and empowering thousands of Zambians.”
At Deevabits, we wholeheartedly commend DFF for their pivotal role in our growth story. When traditional financiers deemed us risky due to our lack of credit history, DFF stepped in, understanding our potential through our historical sales data and portfolio quality.
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