GERES (Group for Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity) is an independent, nonprofit organization that has been promoting sustainable development for over 32 years worldwide (www.geres.eu). Since 1994, GERES Cambodia has worked to enhance the sustainability of ongoing renewable energy services, with the fundamental aim of preserving the environment and improving the living conditions of the Cambodian people.
PSE (Pour un Sourire d’Enfant) is a community-based NGO established in Phnom Penh since 1996. PSE proposes a wide range of support programs to the poorest communities in the suburbs of Phnom Penh, including schooling and vocational training for children, food, healthcare, and social rehabilitation through work for teenagers and adults.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership hosted by the UN Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance’s goal calls for 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance is working with a strong network of public, private and non-profit partners to help overcome the market barriers that currently impede the production, deployment, and use of clean cooking solutions in developing countries.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has been an important financial partner for SGFE during its growth stage. In 2013 SGFE was granted the first Pilot Innovation Fund, which enabled SGFE to set-up and test a more structured and capillary sales and distribution network, combined with an increase of production capacity, which led SGFE to double up and sell about 40 ton/month of its char-briquettes by the end of the year.
In addition, in 2014 SGFE became a grantee of the Spark Fund Round II. This new funds enabled SGFE to invest in further expansion of its production facility and capacity, taking the big step from being a micro-enterprise to become a small and medium enterprise (SME). In fact, in addition to the financial support, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves also provided technical assistance in supply-chain management, administration and accounting, and also assistance and capacity building on women empowerment. By the end of 2015 SGFE is expected to produce and sell about 100 tons/month of its char-briquettes!
The financial and technical support received by SGFE during its growth stage has helped to prove the sustainability (environmental, social and economical) of SGFE’s business model, which now looks forward to keep the positive growth trend of recent years also in the future.
Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise would never have been created without the support from our original financial partners:
- Le Ministère des Affaires Étrangères (The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and l’Ambassade de France au Cambodge (French Embassy in Cambodia), through the MAAIONG program (Mission d’Appui à l’Action Internationale des ONGs). Since 2009, the MAAIONG program has been replaced by other French aid mechanisms managed by Agence Française de Développement (AFD).
- La Communauté de l’Agglomération Rouennaise: www.la-crea.fr
- La Fondation Infantia : http://www.infantia.org/