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18

05

2018

She is We Campaign at Power Kiosk in Kenya

SOLARKIOSK has just been featured in the European Union’s “She is We” Campaign with a video highlighting the story of the kiosk operator in Maparasha, Kenya, which is co-financed by the EU through the Power Kiosk project. The project was one of five selected in Kenya to be featured in the campaign, in celebration of European Development Days 2018.

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17

05

2018

European Week celebrations in Madagascar

Power Kiosk hosts a booth an informational event

As is tradition every year, this past May 12th, the European Delegation in Madagascar hosted an event to present its cooperation projects to the wider public. The event, held in front of the town hall in Antananarivo, included information booths for EU-financed projects in the sectors of energy, urban planning and transportation. HERi was invited to host a booth presenting the Power Kiosk project and displaying its solar products. 

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15

02

2018

Power Kiosk launches mid-term impact evaluation

Surveying under way in Kenya and Madagascar

Power Kiosk is committed to monitoring the impact of its efforts at the village level. A baseline assessment was carried out in early 2017, meant to evaluate the starting conditions in the villlages where the kiosks were to be implemented.

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12

2017

HERi introduces Pay-As-You-Go solar products

As of late 2017, HERi Madagascar is offering solar lanterns and solar home systems for retail at its kiosks through a system of Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) financing.

To date the Power Kiosks in Madagascar had focused on the rental of solar lanterns to customers in the village. The lanterns are collected every morning at the households by kiosk operator assistants, brought back to the kiosk for recharging and redistributed to customers every evening. The customers subscribed pay a rental fee based on their daily rental. 

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26

09

2017

Training Power Kiosk operators

Solarkiosk organises training sessions in Kenya

An important objective for the project is to ensure that all Power Kiosk operators are well educated about solar products, as well as sales and marketing strategies. The Solarkiosk team is continuously working on tools and materials to provide support to them and enable more successful kiosk operations.

During the first week of September, ten operators from Power Kiosks from the Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia regions in Kenya underwent a full day training session held in Maralal and Isiolo towns. 

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01

09

2017

Improving livelihoods

Life-changing products for pastoral communities

What if one solar product was your indoor lighting and your security lighting to fend off wild animals, protecting your livestock and thus your livelihood, allowing your children to read, helping you fetch water, and contributing to so many other aspects of your life?

This is the reality for many pastoralist communities in Kenya, who due to their geographical location, are difficult to reach by the electrical grid. These livestock-raising communities source from a number of tribes in Kenya. Their villages form a part of the catchment areas around the Power Kiosks. Solarkiosk is proud to support their access life-changing products at the last mile to address many of the challenges they face as a result of a lack of access to electricity.

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31

08

2017

Helping out a neighbor

Energy connection for an entrepreneur in Sierra Leone

Patrick Kosgei and his popular viewing hall have been great neighbors to the Power Kiosk at Sierra Leone. After consistent power cuts due to the change in weather over the rainy season began to affect his business, Patrick reached out to Beatrice, the kiosk operator, to inquire whether the kiosk was generating enough power to spare in  to help him with his business activities, particularly with the return of the soccer season fast approaching.

After coming to an agreement, the kiosk now serves Patrick as Solarkiosk's first direct productive use of energy (PUE) entrepreneur client in a Power Kiosk. This arrangement has provided a lot of technical and business model lessons that the project in Kenya aims to deploy at other kiosks to help neighbors wherever possible through this type of power-sharing partnership.