The Galp Foundation is supporting and funding a project that promotes the substitution of charcoal for butane in the preparation of food in the homes of Guinea-Bissau. The Fumukaba project started in April of 2018 and was today formally presented in Bissau. It will last 24 months and will impact over 25,000 households of neighbourhoods in the country’s capital, representing some 220,000 people - about 50% of the inhabitants of the region.
In keeping with the sustainable development goals that guide the Galp Foundation, the Fumukaba project will have a strong impact on the health of the Guineans and in reducing the devastation of forests in Guinea-Bissau, promoting energy transition and encouraging the community to adopt cleaner energy solutions.
Currently, about 95% of the population living in Guinea-Bissau uses wood and charcoal for cooking and other energy needs, due to low production of electricity and almost no supply or regular use of butane, both in urban centres and rural areas.
The Fumukaba project involves an investment of EUR 1 million – 10% financed by the Galp Foundation and 90% by the European Union - and is developed in the framework of the "Covenant of Mayors to sub-Saharan Africa – phase II". In addition to the Galp Foundation and the European Union, Fumukaba’s partners also include the Union of Capital Cities of Portuguese Language and the Municipality of Bissau.
Present in Guinea-Bissau since the late '50s, Galp currently employs 250 people in this country, 131 of which are direct employees of the company.
As in all markets in which it operates, Galp combines its economic activity with a solid bet in the community in which it operates. Today Galp holds in Guinea protocols of support and collaboration with entities such as SOS Criança, Lar de Bethel, Casa do Amparo, the Handball Federation, the Bissau Faculty of Law, the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports and the Ministry of the Environment.