SOLARKIOSK

LOCATION: Germany

SUMMARY: SOLARKIOSK intertwines a visionary design-technology with an comprehensive, replicable business model to enable and empower Bottom of Pyramid (PoP) communities worldwide through the ecologically-responsible provision of energy services and products, thus creating a triple bottom-line impact. SOLARKIOSK's solution is the modular, solar-powered business hubb (E-HUBB), easily deployed in the most remote areas.

PROBLEM SPACE: Currently, the access to energy of off-grid communities is economically, socially and environmentally unsustainable. These communities need:

Better indoor lighting
Indoor lighting allows for longer time to socialize, read, work and study. Today, mostly kerosene lamps and candles are used, which are expensive, poisonous and polluting.

More outdoor lighting
Outdoor lighting guarantees more safety to people, especially women and children, in common space after sunset.

Better cooking stoves
The traditional open-fire and/or three-stone cooking burns large amounts of biomass, emitting unsustainable amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere. Moreover, in order to collect the large quantity of wood needed, people, often women and children, must spend much of their time and energy, preventing them to engage in other activities.

Stable energy sources for powering appliances
With cooling facilities, food can be stored for longer, maintaining its nutritional value. With TV, radio, mobile phone and computers, there are more opportunities to communicate, get informed, learn and be trained.

Stable energy sources for powering businesses
With distributed energy, numerous business tools (grain mill, water pumps, sewing machines, fridges, work tools, razors etc) can be powered. With an increasing number of business and business hours the community thrives

Many developing countries have so far failed to develop a national grid system reaching their rural and sub-urban communities. This systemic failure has left rural communities behind urban ones, generating a growing economic and social gap. Many institutions have tried to fill this gap, predominantly using solar energy. These organizations distribute large quantities of solar lanterns, implement solar home systems and solar farms, but often still fail to match the needs of these communities. The solarsystems delivered to the communities either without adequate quality standards or long-term plans for servicing/maintenance/warranty, quickly break down and cease to operate. This brings by further issues: communities loose trust in solar energy and the abandoned products generate chemical pollution. SOLARKIOSK challenges this approach with its direct presence in these communities. SOLARKIOSK's subsidiaries companies in five African countries are run by local teams. Being deeply rooted in the local cultural, SOLARKIOSK is best positioned to develop a comprehensive approach to the community needs. Moreover, SOLARKIOSK's customer care service: each impact item is sold with a two-year warranty. Customers can therefore return to the E-HUBB with their broken item and receive a new one in exchange, thus leveraging mutual responsibility."

SOLUTION:

Better indoor lighting
SOLARKIOSK distributes a range of solar lamps: to guarantee the product life, all lamps are independently selected and internally tested. SOLARKIOSK sells the lamps prices at a locally fair level, making them accessible through micro-financing. SOLARKIOSK runs campaigns to increase the populationäó»s solar awareness.

More outdoor lighting
Most of SOLARKIOSK's E-HUBBs power outdoor lights on the E-HUBB plot. These plots are fenced and host tables and chairs: thus a safe and intimate space is created for the community.

Better cooking stoves
SOLARKIOSK distributes independently-selected, high-performing clean cooking stoves. The distribution of clean cooking stoves is matched with awareness campaigns to spread information about the benefits of the stoves and their correct usage.

Stable energy sources for powering domestic appliances
SOLARKIOSK delivers larger solar systems, ranging from home systems to solar panel installation to private households, pioneering the energy expansion of BoP communities.

Stable energy sources for powering businesses
In the last 2 years, SOLARKIOSK invested in 14 Connected Solar Market Center (CSMC) in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. In the CSMC the solar energy generated is transferred to nearby businesses run by local entrepreneurs. The communityäó»s livelihood improves, while the energy availability continuously increases."

CONTACT: [email protected]

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