Apr 21, 2017

PACE-D TA Program Webinar: People Power: How Saija's Energy Lending Program Innovates, April 27

In India, energy access is a huge challenge; 80 million households have little or no access to grid electricity due to the lack of grid access in certain geographies. Providing quality, safe and reliable alternatives to kerosene and other traditional fuels means addressing two main challenges: distribution and affordability.

Microfinance institutions (MFIs) are ideally positioned to solve both of these challenges. They can offer innovative financing mechanisms that make lighting systems affordable, and, because of their client networks, can reach millions of people. At the same time, by offering energy loans, MFIs are able to diversify their portfolios and develop new business channels.

To develop profitable energy lending programs, MFIs need technical assistance (TA) to navigate the many potential hurdles along the way. The PACE-D TA Program works with several MFIs, energy solution providers, and other stakeholders to facilitate and scale up financing for energy access. To date, the Program has reached over 1.3 million household members across nine states in India.

This webinar is based on the recently published case study on the energy lending program of Saija Finance, one of the seven MFI partners receiving TA from the PACE-D TA Program. The webinar will share the insights and knowledge gained under the Program for a broader audience in India and beyond including MFIs, renewable energy companies, donors and investors.

Webinar on Thursday, 27 April 2017, 4:30 - 5:30 PM IST

Moderator:
Sam Mendelson Microfinance Consultant, PACE-D TA Program

Speakers:
Anurag Mishra, Senior Clean Energy Specialist, USAID/India
Nicola Armacost, Lead Microfinance Consultant, PACE-D TA Program
Aashish Chalise, Microfinance Consultant, PACE-D TA Program

Q&A Submission:
Have a question for the session? Please email at etandon@nexant.com

The webinar is free and open to all. To attend, please register in advance by clicking here

For more information on the PACE-D TA Program click here

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