Microenergy International

Technologies for microfinance

Produced as output of the e-MFP Action Group: Environment and Microfinance.

Elaborated by MicroEnergy International (MEI), with the collaboration of Davide Forcella (CERMi-ULB).


Poor households are among the most vulnerable to environmental shocks and climate change. The energy they use for their productive activities and for their daily needs is expensive, unreliable, polluting, and sometimes dangerous for their health and assets. Energy providers and microfinance institutions (MFIs) have the opportunity to participate to offset such situation and support reliable, cheaper and environmental friendly energy access to poor households thanks to the provision of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) devices.


The catalogs for RE and EE technologies are the result of the European Microfinance Platform's Microfinance and Environment Action Group. Their goal is to:

  • Provide a list of the most commonly financed RE and EE technologies for the BoP
  • Provide a useful tool to help MFIs to choose which technology fits better their operations, client base and capacities
  • Support the establishment of partnerships between energy providers and MFIs
  • Provide a list of options for social investors that aim at environmental impact and outcomes
  • Work as environmental awareness raising for MFIs, NGOs, practitioners, academia and impact investors.