Interview with Alex Arnold Lightshed Consulting on USDA REAP Program

Author : Lightshed Consulting Staff         Published: 2/3/2021       



Bringing funds to your project

USDA-REAP Grant Writing:

What projects are eligible?

Solar PV, LED lighting, solar thermal, wind, grain dryers, and various other equipment upgrades.

Who’s eligible for a REAP grant?

Any business that’s small and rural, as well as farms of any size.

Other Services:


  • USDA-REAP loan guarantees

  • US-DOE grant writing

  • Feasibility studies

  • Energy audits

  • Landowner guidance

  • Rural business grants/loans

  • Value Added Producer grant writing

  • Broadband/ReConnect grant writing

Recent projects we’ve helped to fund:


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Three Black-Founded Startups to Receive Investments in Latest Round of Citi’s $200M Impact Fund

Photo Credit: Lori Hoffman / Bloomberg

Citi announced a $200 million Impact Fund dedicated to making equity investments in U.S.-based companies that strive to achieve measurable social and financial outcomes. So far, Citi has donated to 11 women and minority-owned businesses, and each individual investment can reportedly reach up to $10 million.

The most recent round includes three Black-led startups dedicated to making a positive impact on society, as reported by The Grio.

One of the focus areas of the fund were companies with solutions in financial inclusion. Clerkie, one of the three recipients, is an AI financial planner that helps users escape debt and build credit. It was founded by Guy Assad with the purpose of providing financial literacy and democracy for middle class Americans. The second recipient, Perch is also an app that focuses on solutions in financial inclusion. Founded in 2019 by Michael Broughton, Perch was created as a way for users to build credit through their already recurring expenses such as rent and subscription services.

“Our intention is to not only help these businesses scale and thrive but to also shine a light on the investment opportunities among this pool of often overlooked, high potential entrepreneurs,” Citi’s head of global public affairs, Ed Skyler, said in a statement.


Rozina Negusei to Invest $12M in Uganda to Transform It Into the Entertainment Industry’s New Home

Author: Njera Perkins       2/1/2021      AFROTECH NEWS

Rozina Negusei to Invest $12M in Uganda to Transform It Into the Entertainment Industry’s New Home

Award-winning Senegalese-American recording artist and entrepreneur Akon has been known to dabble in Africa’s business dealings for years, and now his wife is gearing up to do the same.

Rozina Negusei — President and CEO of Zanar Entertainment, Entreeg Records, and Entreeg Entertainment Group — recently announced that she plans to invest a total of $12 million in the Ugandan entertainment industry to explore a plethora of available business opportunities worth backing, according to local outlet Sqoop.

“We are here to explore new opportunities in Uganda, we are focused on investing in Agriculture, solar, and real estate,” she said. “Our main focus is to see how we can bridge the gap between East Africa and West Africa in terms of business and trade.”

Negusei was reportedly invited to Uganda by East African Partners (EAP) managing director, Isaac Kigozi. Along with her came a group of Turkish investors, who are set to visit a few government departments, agencies, and private sector establishments.

“We definitely wanted to bring entertainment in Africa, we are looking for a hub, a home to be the Africa Hollywood; America became America not because of Agriculture but because of the entertainment industry,” Negusei continued in her statement.

“It’s our job to bring the African movies, music, take it to the next level by recognizing ourself, we don’t have to wait for other cultures to recognize us, we are good enough to recognize ourselves. If we bring entertainment whether movie, music award, every year, Uganda can become the home of the entertainment industry.”

In addition to her visit, Negusei also met up with President Yoweri Museveni, Blizz Uganda reported.

“I was pleased to meet such an honourable, genius leader and a walking library. He called me a daughter and gave me a name, Estella Ihangwe,” she shared. “It was amazing to be in the presence of such a knowledgeable leader. I have met several leaders, but President Museveni is exceptionally knowledgeable. You guys are lucky to have such a leader. Seriously, you won’t realize it until he is no longer here.”

Negusei’s investment package for the country’s entertainment industry includes a five-year deal, according to Face2Face Africa.

Akon is also expected join his wife later in Uganda for her business visit.