People-Centered Accelerator Webinar Series – Financing livelihoods and harnessing the sun
This webinar provided an opportunity to share and discuss the findings from the Council of Energy, Environment and Water's (CEEW) recently published study on solar-powered livelihoods in India. CEEW presented its research analyzing the financiers’ perspective in lending for solar-powered livelihood appliances in India. Importantly, the work shows the impact of solar-powered productive-use technologies on the net incomes of end-users and their loan repayments. Data on income, revenue, cash flow and loan repayment of 300 micro-enterprises were analyzed for two specific technologies supported by SELCO Foundation (sewing machines and digital service centers). Presenters from SELCO Foundation and Energy 4 Impact shared their assessment of the prevailing policy solutions and provided recommendations for the private sector, policymakers and donors to improve access to finance for end-users of such products in India and Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Hannah Girardeau, SEforALL
- Sasmita Patnaik, CEEW
- Richita Misra, SELCO Foundation
- Diana Kollanyi, Energy 4 Impact