The development of small and medium enterprises is impractical without access to electricity because alternative energy sources (e.g. solar energy) do not meet their needs. Generators, beyond their environmental impact, are prohibitively expensive. At the end of 2022, 1332 companies were connected, generating many jobs for local communities.
Beyond connecting businesses to clean, reliable and affordable energy, Virunga Energies supports local businesses by giving them access to financing. Beneficiaries can take out a loan which they repay with each purchase of electricity. In 2022, 367 local entrepreneurs benefited from this program.
2 industrial parks have also been developed. They offer companies an ideal environment for their development: a secure area with easy access to electricity and water, as well as a facility infrastructure to help them establish their activity. Training and financial advice are also offered to all companies established in the industrial park.