Kawaida Collaborative supplies, installs, manufactures, and maintains Solar Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) technologies for productive use by smallholder farmers involved in the production of high-value agro-produce in Zambia, therefore integrating renewable energy and agriculture. The company is also licensed to market and distribute agro-chemicals and materials. Kawaida’s business portfolio has since 2017 grown to include consulting and advisory services and commodity trading in the agriculture sector

Market Opportunity/ Problem

Access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy is one of the largest challenges for almost 2.3 million smallholder farmers in Zambia. The development of agri-food value chains has also been constrained by the lack of access to energy-efficient agro-equipment and restricted energy access for use in the production and processing of food due to load-shedding and sporadic power outages. Over 90% of farmers connected to the utility grid heavily rely on diesel-powered gensets. Kawaida Energy addresses these challenges by deploying DRE technologies and solutions to smallholder farmers by using solar as a clean source of energy to sustainably boost agricultural production, thereby enhancing food security and nutrition in the country.

Company Information

Years of operation


Type of organization

Private company

Stage of the business

Early stage/ Startup

Agribusiness focus


Agriculture value chain(s) focus?

Ag-related energy

Primary country of operation


Other country(ies) of operation

South Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

How many employees does your business have?


Does the business have more than 30% women ownership?


Does the business have more than 30% youth ownership (under 35 years)?


Financing and expansion overview

How much capital is the company currently fundraising (US$)?


What is the split between equity and debt?

60% equity and 40% mezzanine debt
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