Solar Energy: Investing in a brighter future for Africa
Invest in pioneering businesses that install life-changing solar systems in homes in Sub-Saharan Africa - bringing clean energy and economic opportunities to families, whilst aiming to generate a 4 - 6% annual return for investors.
Now Innovative Finance ISA eligible.View Projects Why Solar
An investment in an Energise Africa project delivers:
ACCESS TO CLEAN ELECTRICITY
Families have convenient access to affordable, cleaner and better quality light - reducing exposure to toxic kerosene fumes.
INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES
Improved livelihoods as parents have improved income generating opportunities and children can further their education.
Up to 6% RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT
Your investment generates a financial return, whilst creating a positive social and environmental impact.
Sollatek Kenya Schools & Clinics: 5% Bond
Help Sollatek Kenya deliver solar lighting to 25 schools and 5 clinics across Kenya
Azuri Tech - Tanzania 4: 5% Bond
Your investment will help Azuri to provide clean energy to 1,000 households in Tanzania
How your investment works
1. Choose a project
The businesses working with Energise Africa are providing small solar systems to families throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
2. Lend money
You can invest as little as £50. And you can add more to your investment at any time. For some projects, UK aid and Virgin Unite will match your investment which will help to amplify its impact.
3. Create opportunities for families
Your investment will be instrumental in providing the funds needed to build the businesses and infrastructure to enable African families to access affordable and clean solar energy – transforming lives.
4. Get your money back with interest
Every six months, you will receive both interest and a capital repayment from your chosen business. You can see these payments in your account. Please remember your capital is at risk and repayments are not guaranteed.
What African families are saying about solar energy
Latest News and Updates
How funding solar access in Africa is helping bring impact investing opportunities to UK investors
Find out how impact investing is not longer aimed solely at experienced investors or institutions with large portfolios; new opportunities are opening up for eligible socially-motivated investors to make a positive impact with their money.
How off grid solar has helped to create a generation of entrepreneurs in Kenya
SunTransfer and Sollatek are two businesses that have recently listed on the platform and provide great examples of how thriving solar businesses can be created in Kenya by tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit which is so prevalent in the country.
Can energy access help empower women in Uganda?
Women in Uganda struggle for gender equality (Uganda ranks 110th on the Gender Equality Index). Here, the team at Lendahand Ethex look at how clean energy access is helping women to gain an education and create an income.
UK crowd has potential to play a critical role in helping 110,000 families in Sub-Saharan Africa secure vital access to clean and affordable solar energy
Two of Europe’s leading online impact investing platforms Lendahand and Ethex with support from UK aid and Virgin Unite have launched Energise Africa
Lendahand Ethex become members of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association
Lendahand Ethex has recently joined the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) which was created to accelerate access to modern energy. Find out more about what GOGLA does and read its most recent solar market report for 2016.
Making positive choices as to how you invest your money
Lisa Ashford discusses at a recent Economist Impact investing conference how retail investors have the power to create significant positive change in the world if they start to take greater ownership of how and where their money is being invested and that it is possible to generate a social, environmental and financial return.