The project partners Solarkiosk Solutions plc (Ethiopia) and Solar Kiosk Kenya Ltd are affiliate companies for SOLARKIOSK AG (Germany), which was established in 2011. SOLARKIOSK has pioneered a solar-powered kiosk technology design and inclusive business model that are tailored for the specific needs of the Base of the Pyramid (BoP). The model includes local entrepreneurs as franchise partners who provide clean energy services, affordable solar products and quality consumer goods. The SOLARKIOSK kiosks are designed to adapt to and evolve with the energy demands of the community, enabling further business innovation by the local operator such as a movie theater, a hair or beauty salon, a restaurant or a motor vehicle workshop.
HERi was founded in 2012 with the goal of connecting rural people in Madagascar with products and services that are innovative, efficient and environmentally responsible. HERi works with local entrepreneurs in low-income Malagasy villages to launch solar-powered kiosks that are sustainable and scale-able, offering simple products and services that are vastly needed — lamps, phone chargers, printers, and more — so that the communities can prosper. HERi’s solar kiosks become centers of commerce and information exchange, fueling social, health, and economic development that reverberate well beyond the products themselves.
ICCO is an international NGO based in the Netherlands with many years of experience working in the private sector on poverty alleviation throughout Africa. It is heavily engaged in the promotion of female entrepreneurship and the development of partnerships with micro-finance institutions (MFIs). ICCO is a strategic partner of the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) innovation centre that supports business-led innovations which are fundamental to the long-term viability of the project’s kiosk approach.