Launched on 5 October 2005, the GSB initiative in Zambia is actively facilitating innovative solutions to poverty in various sectors. The current pipeline of projects includes: Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Solar Energy for Rural Households, Biofuels, Plastics Recycling, Dairy Processing and Small Scale Supply, Cassava Processing for Maltose and Glucose, Aquaculture, Supplier Linkages Programme for Retail, and Community Payphones.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas, led by Total Zambia, is designed to invest in a bottling plant for LPG, and to establish a distribution network for LPG bottles, in order to reduce gas flaring, reduce domestic charcoal consumption and associated deforestation and health problems, reduce domestic kerosene consumption, and provide income generation opportunities.
Solar Energy for Rural Households, led by Suntech and microfinance institutions, is a programme to deliver a consumer package of panel, regulator, battery and inverter appropriate for rural households.
Biofuels is a programme to support investments in the biofuels sector, including exploration of small-scale processing and viability of outgrower schemes.
Plastics Recycling, led by Zambian Bottlers, Invesco, and Natural Valley, will enable recycling of polyethylene (PET) bottles and other plastics, to reduce waste and litter, reduce hydrocarbon consumption and provide income generation opportunities.
Dairy Processing and Small Scale Supply aims to increase the supply of quality milk from small-scale farmers, add value to it and access high value local markets. In partnership with Land O’Lakes and various medium-sized dairies, GSB is supporting the development of a business model that could be applied by medium-sized dairies in Zambia who could potentially invest in processing capacity and are interested in a partnership with Land O’Lakes that would deal with quality and infrastructure issues on the supply side.
Cassava Processing for Maltose and Glucose, led by Zambian Breweries Group and Freshpikt Ltd., is sourcing cassava from small-scale farmers to invest in a processing plant to extract starch from cassava and convert this to glucose and other syrups used in soft drinks and brewing.
Aquaculture is the development of pro-poor fish farming investments, as part of a multi-stakeholder process of policy dialogue and business development.
Supplier Linkages Programme for Retail, led by Spar Zambia, is a programme to support local entrepreneurs who could potentially supply large buyers in Zambia, but who require access to finance and/or technical assistance to do so.
Community Payphones, led by Celtel, provides finance and other support to entrepreneurs wishing to set up a payphone business, through partnerships with microfinance institutions.