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In response to a critical lack of fuel to support the cold chain in Mozambique, VillageReach and Fundacao para o Desenvolvimento da Comunidade (FDC) established VidaGas, a Mozambique for-profit propane distribution company.

Mar 16, 2015   |   Blog Post

After the Storm

March’s arrival has brought a much-needed return to many of the essential services in northern Mozambique that the public health system and communities alike depend on.  In early January we reported on the devastating loss of both electricity and transport due to severe flooding...

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Jun 7, 2012   |   Blog Post

VidaGas & MIT ...

I spent a couple of weeks in Mozambique recently to review our energy services social enterprise, VidaGas, that provides much-needed propane to hundreds of rural health centers throughout the north of the country. VillageReach owns the for-profit business in partnership with Oasis Fund and...

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Sep 1, 2009   |   Blog Post

VillageReach Announces Landmark Investment!

As the Social Capital Market Conference (SoCap) begins today in San Francisco, VillageReach is very excited to announce that Oasis Fund, a European investment fund, has committed a $1.375 million investment in VidaGas, the propane energy company owned by VillageReach and the Mozambique Foundation...

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As with many countries in sub-Saharan Africa that have large rural populations, energy supply is a critical barrier to healthcare delivery as the majority of rural health centers – serving a large percentage of the population- are off the electrical grid. Rural health clinics struggle to provide refrigeration for vaccines and essential medicines, lighting and power for instrument sterilizers and other medical devices. To address this critical lack of energy and infrastructure, VidaGas was created in 2002 as a for-profit energy distribution company with a social mission:


  • provide a more reliable and clean-energy solution to support rural health clinics serving large populations
  • engage the private sector to create a sustainable business model that serves both health and non-health customers

Program Impact

VidaGas is now the largest independent energy services provider in northern Mozambique, with three large-tonnage storage and filling facilities across the region. It serves five provinces and more than 50 percent of the country’s rural health centers.


Technical Partners

  • Foundation for Community Development (FDC)


  • Oasis Fund

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