Facilitating Access to Finance for the Biodiesel Industry in Southern Africa



To assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) gain access to institutional funding for biodiesel production in SADC countries with a focus on Zambia, Lesotho and Tanzania.

Main Activities

  • Consult with national and regional authorities to establish legislative requirements and policies with regard to biofuels in general and biodiesel in particular;
  • Establish a dedicated biofuels website and a business planning helpline for Southern Africa;
  • Develop a generic small-scale biodiesel business plan with supporting manual describing how SMEs can customize their business plans;
  • Develop a guidebook on how to obtain finance from national and international institutions;
  • Organise a workshop enabling a clean energy organization in each of the target countries to support biodiesel business development.

Expected Impact

  • Improved quality of life and reduction in poverty in agricultural and peri-urban areas of the target countries through the generation of viable businesses;
  • Increased energy security;
  • Improved access to finance for small-scale biodiesel producers through better business planning and support systems.
Programme sector: 

Renewable Energy (RE) (Business&Finance)

Stage of project: 



LS/Lesotho, TZ/Tanzania, ZM/Zambia


2006 - 2008


€ 76,870 including co-funding from WISIONS/SEPS

Implementing agency: 

African Sustainable Fuels Centre (ASFC)

REEEP grant funded by:

Government of Ireland