Green technology helped café and hotel owner reduce waste

Texas Café and Hotel is a café based in Osh-Isfana highway, Batken region in Kyrgyzstan operating since 2002. In 2020, Joroev Akbarali, the owner of the café applied to KyrSEFF for a funding to install biogas plant and thermal insulation on external walls. It allowed him to be independent from the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supply that is not reliable in the region. Using this green technology, Joroev was able to reduce his heat and cooking bills.

KyrSEFF helped construct biogas through cattle manures and reduce kitchen waste with a daily capacity of 3 tons of waste per day.

Mr. Joroev says: ‘I care about making my business eco-friendly and more sustainable through various renewable applications’.

Mr. Joroev strives to make his business environmentally friendly and enjoys thermal comfort, independent and secure gas supply and utilization of waste from this technology.

As a result, he reduced his café`s and hotel’s electricity bill, the implementation of the project will reduce the energy consumption of the facility by 150.8 MWh per year while increasing production efficiency, and reduce harmful CO2 emissions by 21.58 tonnes per year.

The successful implementation of the project to improve resource efficiency has allowed “Texas Café and Hotel ” to receive an additional grant from the European Union, amounting to 15% of the loan.

Renovations and capacity extension in a diary factory

Emilia LTD known is one of the leading dairy plants in Kyrgyzstan operating since 2006. The company processes milk and produces four types of cheese and butter and 90% of this production is exported to Russia and Kazakhstan. With the support of the KyrSEFF company renovated and increased its production line in 2020 to meet high international standards, including energy efficiency and energy saving.

The new equipment will reduce the same process consumption of 48 MWh of electricity and 40 MWh of thermal energy annually, which will result in a 132 MWh primary energy equivalent. In addition, the investment provided 200 MWh of primary energy savings that account for a 60% savings rate for specific consumption.

It also increased milk processing from 50 tons to 200 tons per day, created 100-150 new jobs and provided opportunities for sales of milk to farmers throughout the Talas region.

Zhandar Zholoev, the owner of the Diary Plant, says: ‘Thanks to the new equipment, we have improved the quality and quantity of dairy products produced and become more socially responsible business.’

In this way, with the help of KyrSEFF loan and grant, Emilia LTD makes a significant contribution not only to environmental protection, but also to the economic development of the region and provides jobs for the local population.

The successful implementation of the project to improve resource efficiency has allowed Emilia LTD to receive an additional grant from the European Union, amounting to 15% of the loan.

Kyrgyz farmers receive reliable water supply supported by KyrSEFF


Almaz Botaliev

Efficient irrigation systems not only help gardeners save water, but also help them save their time and fertilizer. Investments in modern technologies supported by KyrSEFF are
helping Kyrgyz farmers to address the issue of water scarcity, which has a positive
effect on irrigation and agricultural productivity.

In the Spring of 2020, during quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, farmer Almaz Botaliev laid out an orchard in Tamga village located in Issyk-Kul region. He planted over 1,500 apricot trees on an area of 3.15 hectares, irrigated by an automatic drip
irrigation system. The KyrSEFF Program through the partner bank Kompanion
supported the installed drip irrigation system.

‘The Orchard means investing in the future. It will take at least three years before we get the first results. At the same time, the key to a successful result is timely
watering.’ said Almaz Botaliev. ‘As it is common in many villages, our local
irrigation system cannot meet the annual demand for water. Drip irrigation
system has a number of advantages, the main one being stable irrigation. Today
I am the only one in the whole district who has installed such a system.’

The KyrSEFF team analyzed the drip irrigation system, its energy and water saving potential, financial and technical parameters and profitability.

‘We applied for a loan in February and got approval pretty quickly. All preparatory work for the purchase of seedlings and equipment was done before the quarantine was
announced. During quarantine, it was not allowed to travel even between
villages. A local company installed the system. The seedlings have started. We
are very satisfied,’ shared Almaz Botaliev.

‘Water comes to us through a concrete channel. The main problem is the water delivery from the concrete channel to the vegetable gardens, uncultivated land, and the queue for irrigation comes on average once, rarely twice a month. However, with drip
irrigation system, you can water once a week, which increases the yield.’

The US$ 3,991 investment helped Almaz Botaliev to reduce the consumption of clean water for irrigation by 60%, or more than 724 cubic meters annually. This contributes to
the efficient use of water in the Issyk-Kul region.

Drip irrigation systems consume less water, require less pumping power, and provide the right amount of water at the right location.

The implementation of the water reduction project allowed Almaz Botaliev to receive an additional grant from the European Union for 15% of the loan received.

The Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) was developed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and established in 2013, with a total portfolio of US$ 55 million. To reward the successful implementation of energy saving measures through KyrSEFF, beneficiaries receive grants ranging from 10 to 35% from the total investment, and free technical support financed by the European Union (EC-IFCA). 





irrigation system 

Financial results

Payback of 3


$ 3991,27


US$ 598,6


315 kWh/year


0.02 tons/year

Water saving
724 m3/year


KyrSEFF supported the modernization of the carpet washing center

Modernization of the technological equipment in the carpet washing centre “Taza Lux“, allowed to minimize their consumption of cleaning agents, water and electricity, and thus save money and reduce the environmental footprint of the entreprise.

Initially, the company which Arstanbek
Toktombekov founded in 2014, was engaged in washing and cleaning salons and
engines of cars. Over time, the company expanded its range of services to
carpet washing as well.

The newly introduced service met a high demand in the local market, and the number of the company’s clients was steadily growing. However, the rotary carpet washing machine was not economical, requiring high consumption of water, electricity, chemicals, and manual labor. At the same time, the washed volume per day did not exceed 300-400 m2, making the company unable to cope with the high demand. As a result, this reduced the company’s income and growth.

In September 2019, Arstanbek Toktombekov applied for a KyrSEFF loan through its partner bank KICB to upgrade his rotary washing machine to a modern, fully automated carpet washing machine. After the financial and technical evaluation of the project, the KyrSEFF program team approved the loan for the purchase of production equipment produced in Turkey. The use of new equipment has allowed the company to reduce the use of cleaning agents, water, and electricity by half. In addition, the drying time was significantly reduced, which increased productivity. Now the number of carpets washed reaches up to 1000 m2 per day.

“We offer our customers professional carpet cleaning of any complexity, including for exclusive handmade products. The quality of the work has improved, and the number of orders has increased. Thanks to the acquisition of new equipment, we have begun to work not only with individual clients, but also with businesses,” said Arstanbek Toktombekov, owner of Taza Lux.

According to KyrSEFF consultants’ calculations, the installation of modern equipment will result in annual savings of 57,200 kWh of energy, 5,304 m3 of water and 3,890 kilograms of harmful CO2 emissions. For the successful implementation of the loan, the entrepreneur received a grant from the European Union in the amount of 15% of the total loan amount.

Energy efficient solutions are becoming popular in villages of Kyrgyzstan


Asel Tursunova



Barskoon village, Issyk-Kul region



·  Installation of windows

·  Installation of a high efficiency boiler


Investment amount

2863 USD


Grant Amount

570 USD


Energy Saving

7,9 МWh/year


CO2 emissions

6,9 tons/year

More than 2,500 homeowners in Kyrgyzstan have invested in environmentally friendly and energy efficient homes thanks to the KyrSEFF Programme. Since 2013, KySEFF through its partner banks has provided homeowners with more than USD 16.1 million in loans and over USD 2 million in grants from the European Union. 

Over 60% of KyrSEFF clients live in villages. Asel Tursunova, a resident of Barskoon village in Issyk-Kul region, made use of financial and consulting services offered by KyrSEFF in order to modernize her home.

Asel Tursunova and her husband have three young children, the youngest of whom is six months old. In winter, a strong cold draught blew out of old wooden windows. The family tried to insulate the windows with a film, but this was not enough to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the rooms. Worried about their children’s health, the young parents decided to replace the windows.

“In December 2019, we applied to Kompanion Bank for a window replacement loan. The loan officers recommended the KyrSEFF Programme. After consulting my husband, we decided that we would also change the boiler, as our old interior boiler only heated two rooms out of five,” said Asel.

According to Asel Tursunova, the house has remained warm and comfortable in winter. The family used all the rooms, and still, the heating expenditures decreased by several times. Thus, the electricity bill used to be an average of 2,000 soms per month, while the last month it was only 600 soms.  

“All the rooms are now being heated, and we are very happy with our new energy-saving windows. The house has become lighter and cozier,” said Asel Tursunova.

According to KyrSEFF consultants’ calculations, the measures implemented by the client will result in an annual energy saving of 7,863 kWh and CO2 emissions reduction of 6,875 kilograms yearly.

The homeowners received a 570 USD grant from the European Union for the successfully implemented energy efficiency measures. After repayment of the current loan, Asel Tursunova intends to apply again for KyrSEFF financial support, and insulate the exterior walls.

Energy efficient house, European style

Nazira Navatova and Emil Abdyldaev

Besh Kungei village,
Chui Region, Kyrgyzstan

Installation of windowsWall InsulationFloor insulationRoof and ceiling
insulationInstallation of
highly efficient boiler

Investment amount
US$ 17,605.89
Grant Amount
US$ 3,383.53
Energy Saving
51.68 MWh/year
CO2 reduction
41.21 tons/year

The family of Emil Abdyldaev and Nazira Navatova is among 2,500 families in Kyrgyzstan who have invested in improving the energy efficiency of their homes through EBRD loans and European Union grants under the KyrSEFF programme.
Emil Abdyldaev and his wife are parents of three schoolchildren, two boys and a girl, and their health is of paramount importance. Therefore, when planning construction works, the spouses determined that the mandatory requirements for the new house will be safety, comfort, and modern design.
The couple chose a European construction project for the house, with a lot of stained-glass windows to provide a lot of sunlight. But a larger window surface also means costly installation, as well as higher expenditures for heating, should the technical characteristics of the windows be incorrectly chosen. 
Therefore, Emil Abdyldaev asked KyrSEFF specialists for technical advice and financial support on energy efficiency solutions. After the evaluation of the project, the team of engineers suggested changing the thickness of insulation, and choosing windows and heating systems to suit the climatic conditions in Kyrgyzstan. In December 2018, through the partner bank KICB, Mr Abdyldaev received $17,608 KyrSEFF funding for the installation of windows, walls, roof, floor and efficient heating systems.
According to specialists’ calculations, the energy saving from the project implementation will amount to 51.68 MWh/year and will result in the reduction of harmful carbon emissions by 41.21 tons annually.
In autumn 2019, after completion of all construction works, Emil Abdyldaev’s family moved into the long-awaited new house. According to Mr Abdyldayev, in winter the temperature in the house was comfortable, and the heating costs did not significantly affect the family budget. “All energy saving measures as a whole had a significant positive effect. The house has a warm floor and low radiators under the windows. During the quarantine period, we used all the rooms and were comfortable. We are satisfied with the measures implemented with the support of KyrSEFF,” said Emil Abdyldaev.
For the successfully implemented resource-efficient project, the  homeowners received a grant from the European Union as high as 20% of the loan amount. In the future, they plan to build a vestibule for heat preservation and install a solar collector for permanent hot water supply.
The Financing Sustainable Energy in Kyrgyzstan
Program (KyrSEFF
) is a green loan facility established in 2013 with a total portfolio of US$55 million, developed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). For successful implementation of energy saving measures through KyrSEFF, the program’s clients receive grants ranging from 10 to 35% of the total investment, and free technical support financed by the European Union (EC-IFCA). 


Energy-efficient home to welcome a new family member

Elvira Bakirova

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
        Investment Windows upgrade, wall and ceiling insulation, installation of a high efficiency gas boiler  
Investment amount
US$ 12,434

Grant amount
US$ 2,415    

Energy Saving

37,3 MWh per year
CO2 reduction 27,13 tonnes per year      
Elvira Bakirova’s family celebrated a happy event – the birth of a baby girl – right before the spread of the pandemic. In order to welcome the new family member in a comfortable home, Elvira invested in measures to increase energy efficiency of the family house.  

Windows of the house have been upgraded so as to retain more heat. Elvira Bakirova invested in walls and ceilings’ insulation, and installed a highly efficient gas boiler.   “We are very satisfied with the measures taken. We have spent the first winter in the renovated house with comfort. Ensuring that the house is warm and dry was important for us, because we had been awaiting the birth of a child,” says Elvira. Before, expenses for heating were large, although the walls of the house still remained wet. After installing a thermostat, heating costs decreased by more than half.  

Despite the economic difficulties that the pandemic caused to her family business, Elvira Bakirova is optimistic about the future. She plans to build a vestibule to expand the house, and to install an efficient air conditioning system, and solar collectors. “I am thankful to KyrSEFF for the grant support. Moreover, the cost savings are very helpful during the time of the pandemic,” remarked Elvira.  

The Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) was developed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and established in 2013, with a total portfolio of US$ 55 million. To reward the successful implementation of energy saving measures through KyrSEFF, beneficiaries receive grants ranging from 10 to 35% from the total investment, and free technical support financed by the European Union (EC-IFCA).      

Living comfortably under lockdown



Zairbek Adanov

In the village of Jeti-Koshkon of the Bazar-Korgon district in the Jalal-Abad region, Zairbek Adanov and his family spent the lockdown in their recently renovated house.

The habitants of the Jalal-Abad region, which had the first reported coronavirus cases in Kyrgyzstan, were requested to stay in self-isolation for two months. During this time, Zairbek Adanov’s family experienced all the advantages of an energy-efficient house. During the quarantine period, the weather changed frequently and suddenly from rain, to snow, to sunshine. The house remained comfortable and very warm, and kept the heat in even with open windows.

The project, comprising insulation of the family house and the installation of energy efficient appliances (boiler and air conditioning), was finished in October 2019. Zairbek Adanov installed floor heating on the first floor, and separately connected radiators on the first and second floors. “When we do not heat the house, using the air conditioning system on heating mode is sufficient. It has enough power to keep us warm. I am looking forward to trying the cooling mode in summer,” said Zairbek Adanov.

Energy efficiency measures allow to maintain comfortable conditions in the entire house. It is important, since the family uses all the rooms of the two-storey house. Because of the lockdown, Zairbek’s children use a separate room to take online classes. The family is very satisfied with all the implemented measures that increased the energy efficiency of their home. “We can use all rooms in order to not disturb each other without worrying about energy bills. I believe that all measures have been taken in a timely manner with KyrSEFF’s support and advice,” noted Zairbek Adanov.

The Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) was developed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and established in 2013, with a total portfolio of US$ 55 million. To reward the successful implementation of energy saving measures through KyrSEFF, beneficiaries receive grants ranging from 10 to 35% from the total investment, and free technical support financed by the European Union (EC-IFCA).


Bazar-Korgon, Kyrgyzstan



Walls, ceiling, floor insulation, installation of windows, installation of a high efficiency biomass boiler, and of an air conditioner with heating function


Investment amount

US$ 28,650

Grant amount

US$ 3,913.59


Energy Saving

77,5 MWh per year

CO2 reduction

57,23 tonnes per year


Family housewarming in the village of Tash-Dobo

Jakypov’s family improves energy efficiency at home with KyrSEFF’s support
Zamirbek Jakypov

Tash-Dobo, Kyrgyzstan
Walls, floor, and ceiling insulation, installation of a high-efficiency boiler  

Investment amount US$ 17,195  

Grant Amount US$ 3,152

Energy Saving
37.3 MWh per year
CO2 reduction 28.8 tonnes per year    

Homeowners in the regions of Kyrgyzstan are beginning to transform their homes: as they expand their dwellings, they also make them more energy efficient.

Zamirbek Jakypov had rented an apartment for many years. His wish was to get his own spacious house for his family of six. In 2019, Mr. Jakypov purchased a plot in the Tash-Dobo village of Alamudun district and started the construction of his house.

“When we bought the land, we wanted to build the house as fast as possible, to be able to quickly move into our new home”, said Zamirbek Jakypov.

For this purpose, he applied new rapid construction technologies. Within a few months, the main construction works were completed, but the family still needed funds for the insulation of the building. “I have four children and it is important that the house is really warm and economical in terms of heating. After visiting a number of banks, I applied for a KyrSEFF loan,” explained Mr. Jakypov.  

The KyrSEFF loan is amounting to US$ 17,195 allowed Zamirbek Jakypov to conduct the full insulation of his house. He installed energy-efficient windows and a highly efficient boiler and insulated the walls and ceiling. With the US$ 3,152 grant, Mr. Jakypov plans to complete the interior decoration of the house.

KyrSEFF consultants have estimated that as a result of this investment in the insulation of the newly constructed house, energy savings will represent 37.3 MWh per year, and CO2 emissions will be reduced by 28.8 tonnes annually.

The Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) was developed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and established in 2013, with a total portfolio of US$ 55 million.

To reward the successful implementation of energy-saving measures through KyrSEFF, beneficiaries receive grants ranging from 10 to 35% from the total investment, and free technical support financed by the European Union (EC-IFCA).

Water efficiency, an important aspect of ecotourism in Kyrgyzstan

For the ethnocultural project “Supara”, reduced environmental impact is as important as monetary savings
Investor LLC “Supara Ethnographic Complex”

Location Chunkurchak, Kyrgyzstan   Investment Installation of a water treatment plant  

Financial results: Payback period of 10 years
  Investment amount US$ 100,000

Grant Amount US$ 15,000

Energy Saving
3.26 MWh/year  

CO2 reduction 0.17 tons/year   Water Saving 20,016 m3/year  
Water is the natural wealth of Kyrgyzstan, which has to be preserved. The Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) provides funding for water-saving measures, thus enabling small and medium-sized businesses in Kyrgyzstan to protect the country’s water resources.  

The “Supara” ethnographic complex is a hotel complex located 40 kilometers outside of Bishkek and surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Chunkurchak. This project reflects the cultural traditions of the Kyrgyz people and the life of their ancestors. Only natural materials such as stone, clay, straw, and leather were used for the construction of the hotel suites. In this sense, the project fits into the “ecotourism” movement; therefore, the responsible use of energy resources and water is also an important component of the “Supara” brand.

In September 2019, the hotel, which serves up to 450-500 guests all year round, replaced its wastewater treatment plant thanks to a KyrSEFF loan.

“We were not satisfied with the quality of the previous wastewater treatment plant. It did not provide for optimal water quality at the outlet”, said Belek Mambetov, the Financial Director of “Supara”. “We analyzed the water quality ourselves and found out that it did not meet the state standard. So we decided to replace the plant with a new one, made in Hungary, corresponding to high European quality standards”, he added.   The KyrSEFF team reviewed the project and technology selected by the client, assessing potential energy savings, as well as financial and technical parameters and risks. The investment of US$ 100,000 allows “Supara” to save US$ 12,524 in water savings annually, which corresponds to a payback period of 10 years.  

The new equipment, thanks to a two-stage anaerobic wastewater treatment technology, achieves 95% water purity at the outlet, making it suitable for irrigation. Thus, “Supara” will reduce the consumption of clean water for irrigation by 30%, which amounts to more than 20,000 cubic meters per year.  

“Our guests, both local and foreign, do pay attention to the environmental aspect of their stay at “Supara” because the complex is located in such a beautiful place. It is important for all of us to keep the surrounding nature clean”, said Mambetov.   The successful implementation of the project to improve resource efficiency has allowed “Supara” to receive an additional grant from the European Union, amounting to 15% of the loan.

The Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) was developed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and established in 2013, with a total portfolio of US$ 55 million. To reward the successful implementation of energy-saving measures through KyrSEFF, beneficiaries receive grants ranging from 10 to 35% from the total investment, and free technical support financed by the European Union (EC-IFCA).