Stärkung von Mikro-Unternehmen mit solarbetriebenen Ladegeräten in West Afrika
The business partnership aims at contributing to affordable, cost-saving and environmentally-friendly energy services for rural populations and facilitating entrepreneurship by building the capacity of solar-charging micro-entrepreneurs.
100+ micro-entrepreneurs, of which 50% are women, will act as solar-charging micro-entrepreneurs in rural areas; 2-3 full-time employees will be hired, more than 5 sales agents and middle men will be trained on the solar devices (use, distribution, cables, maintenance); 4.000 solar charges are distributed and sold per year, and 20.000+ household members will have access to solar-charging devices through the entrepreneurs who are able to scale up over time and become multipliers in their area.
In addition, socially and economically disadvantaged members of society will have facilitated grants to afford the solar devices. The panels will be used in rural areas granting light, the ability to charge phones, or use small electronic devices, for cheaper and clean access to modern energy services. Women in particular are considered trustworthy entrepreneurs to foster and train.
The components consist of training for micro-entrepreneurs to use the PowerTAB, for business development, on- and off-line quality support, co-financing of socially disadvantaged people, as well as looking at possibilities to use local African designs for the incorporation into the Solar devices and SunnyBag. Furthermore, the partners will transmit information in trainings about waste disposal and will also take back broken devices within a 2-year warranty, with incentives to get a new PowerTAB.
Results of FS-2551-02/2014-SUB02 have informed the project design of this business partnership.