Helios Social Enterprise

With a focus in Africa, we are accelerating access to modern energy in some of the poorest communities in the world.

Working with local communities, the private sector, international development organisations and NGOs, we provide three things:-

  • the expertise to overcome barriers to the development of modern energy and build local capacity
  • a framework of social enterprise within which (i) incentives are in place for success, and (ii) projects can mature and capacity can be built until they are capable of operation on a standalone basis
  • a credible, business-oriented conduit for corporate social responsibility and other funds so that they can be applied to carefully selected projects that meet robust investment criteria and supply affordable energy to poor communities on a sustainable basis.

Our approach is designed to help meet the Millennium Development Goals by improving local productive capacity and hence reducing poverty.   We therefore provide modern energy, mainly from renewable sources such as hydro or biomass,  to  small-scale enterprises such as farms, agri-processing businesses and shops,  as well as to schools, hospitals and households.