Wana Energy Solutions (WANA) started in 2008 on the premise that Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is Clean, Accessible, Reliable, Energy (CARE) that can improve the lives of the almost 26 million people in Uganda who rely on biomass as a source of energy for cooking. In Uganda about 90% of the population uses traditional fuels as their primary source of energy for cooking and boiling water. This population lives in rural Uganda where they are the least to access clean energy from Liquefied Petroleum Gas and only 1% of the population uses it for its thermal credentials. WANA is interested in teaching Ugandans about the adverse health effects and the solution that LPG provides. We continue to invest in the community by teaching how safe it is to use LPG domestically and for businesses. In addition to creating an LPG market, WANA works to create awareness in the community that LPG should be the premier alternative. We provide our products and services to the rural, peri-urban, and urban poor customers in addition to our commercial customers.
We aspire to be the leading distributors and marketers of clean energy in Uganda. In order to achieve our goals, we will employ a high safety standard throughout our business, while dealing with our customers, the environment and the communities we serve.
Improving lives of rural and peri-urban women in Africa through bringing clean cooking fuels from Liquefied Petroleum Gas near to their communities.
Wana has plans of targeting urban communities who are hard to reach by providing gas on tap by enabling them to pay as little as the way they pay for alternative fuels. The company has earmarked a variety of mechanisms which are to enable it to achieve its objectives and these are:
- To employ a multidisciplinary, collaborative business model approach in reaching the customers we serve
- Direct engagement with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association, Global Alliance for Clean Cooking, Ministry of Health and Environment and variety of organizations concerned with preserving the environment as LPG mitigates climate change and improves household indoor air.
Sustainability of WANA Business:
WANA has set up an inclusive business model which enables women and youth to get employment through managing the complete value chain of LPG business. Our innovative business model enables WANA to reach Low Income People (LiP) who live on under $10 per month but are the ones who are in need of LPG. We use an in house financing model which require huge investment and this investment looks risky to local banks hence not being able to finance that upfront cost. Therefore this means that there is a need for WANA to continue investing its profits into the business model to enable LiP to access the affordable cooking solutions from LPG. In addition we employ women and youth hence making the business inclusive but also sustainable. The Directors are committed to making this a success by continuously investing 90% of the dividend.