East Africa

Field work for Energy Empowers East Africa project advancing in Uganda

A series of field surveys have been conducted in six districts in Uganda as part of USAID’s
Energy Empowers East Africa (EEEA) project, which seeks to promote access to electricity and
productive use of energy efficient equipment (PUE) for women entrepreneurs in the country.
The surveys are implemented by Clean Energy Enthusiasts (CEE), LBNL’s Uganda partner, and so
far have included 431 interviews with women entrepreneurs, 28 with financial institutions and
17 with equipment vendors in the districts of Kalangala, Masaka, Isingiro/Mbarara, Bushenyi,
Kasese and Fortportal.

Preliminary survey results point to low PUE adoption by women entrepreneurs, limited access
to financial resources and gaps in business management skills. The main entrepreneurial
activities conducted by women concentrated on agriculture, services sector and retail (saloons,
groundnut grinding, secretarial bureaus/stationary shops, grain milling, restaurants,
tailoring/garments, dairy and general merchandise shops).

The surveys represent one of the first on-the-ground attempts to understand the barriers and
opportunities to foster PUE among women entrepreneurs in the region. Information obtained
from the EEEA field work will guide the development of training manuals and support
engagement with local organizations to leverage prior work advancing PUE and electricity
access.

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