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This project at the Baitambogwe Dairy Cooperative in Uganda will have a very positive impact on the environment and on the country’s population (on both the producers and the population served by the cooperative).
The switch to solar energy will reduce the Cooperative’s diesel consumption by 7.300 liters/year, thus avoiding the emission of 19,3 tons of CO2/year, the equivalent to planting 877 trees.
An estimated 37% of Uganda’s population lives under the poverty threshold of US$1.90 a day. Nevertheless, it is the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. This project will improve the living conditions of the population served by the cooperative.
Better working conditions: by increasing the lighting around the plant with external safety lights, street vendors will manage to work longer hours.
Improved children’s health: every year, more than 5.000 people living in Gomba and Mayuge, where the milk is supplied, will benefit from easily available milk with a high nutrition value. This will help tackle children's malnutrition.
Greater financial autonomy: the current income earned by milk producers is not enough to give them financial autonomy. The improved energy supply and increased refrigeration capacity will increase the cooperative’s capacity to acquire milk, therefore resulting in an estimated 50 % increase in revenue for its 536 farmers, contributing to their sustainability.
More gender equality: the cooperative training for the deployment and use of the solar system will prioritize the 268 women that are cooperative members, therefore supporting women to become decision-makers. Furthermore, 45% of the leadership positions at Baitambogwe Dairy Cooperative are filled by women. Finally, it will also ease the labor burden for the women who currently have to transport milk to distant milk cooling centers.
Job generation: by building reliable and sustainable infrastructure, this project will motivate more farmers to take up lucrative dairy businesses in Uganda, hence creating direct and indirect jobs (estimates point to over 1.000). Technical jobs will also be created in the solar sector to trained technicians and local people who will be trained to operate and maintain the solar plants.
With more than 8 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, the SolarPipo group is a one-stop-shop partner for solar projects for Uganda’s dairy sector. The company's goal is to unburden the processes of acquiring and installing solar systems for cooling, water pumps, and other productive uses of dairy cooperatives in Uganda.
The funds raised through this campaign will be used to finance a solar energy project at the Baitambogwe Dairy Cooperative in Uganda. The project includes the replacement of a diesel generator by a 15 KVA solar power plant; the acquisition of a 2.000 L milk cooler (voltage 380 V and 1,1KW) powered by solar energy; and the switch to solar energy of a yogurt processing machine currently running on diesel. By recurring to clean energy, the current cost of cooling the milk will decrease, making the energy more affordable to cooperative milk producers.
The Baitambogwe Cooperative started in 2002 as an informal group of small farmers, turning into an association in 2005, with most of its resources being obtained with the support of Heifer International. After this support ended, in 2010, the cooperative subsisted by recurring to membership fees, share capital, animal sales, and milk sales until 2011.
In 2012, the Cooperative was formally funded by 140 members becoming more and more popular among the communities where it operates, over the years.
Currently, with 536 members, the Cooperative’s most relevant product is milk, managing three coolers with a capacity of 80L, 400L, and 1.000L. These freezers are located in the Magamaga town council, being used by milk and yogurt retailers
The average cooperative in Uganda would need an investment of € 75.000 (for equipment, and loan costs) for such a project. This loan in Ugandan Shillings (UGX) will be paid back in 5 years at a cost of € 1.350 a month, a very acceptable price for the farmers, given their current expenditure on diesel and maintenance.
P&E Ltd. is a Ugandan subsidiary of the project promoter, SolarPipo Finance B.V. The company will receive a fee to install the equipment and ensure the project funding. It will also provide services throughout the project lifetime (5 years): customer support, training, maintenance, and technical assistance and optimization of the equipment usage, based on gathered consumption data.
Payments Status: On time