A Dollar a day makes the phones Okay

A Dollar a Day Makes the Phones Okay!

During our stays in Africa, we have seen that people in many places have to walk for hours to get their mobile phones charged, because electricity is lacking where they live. Through the mobile phones, they will be able to keep in touch with their families and gain access to reliable and vital information about food, health, work, etc., as well as access to payment services, something they otherwise would not have access to.

We are convinced that access to that kind of services is important for sustainable development in Africa, and the purpose of the project is therefore to test whether our approach is suitable for ensuring such access.

In short, the project involves renting out 80W PAYG (Pay-as-you-go) photovoltaic systems to a small number of micro-enterprises for one Dollar a day (paid for with mobile money), for charging up to 25 mobile phones per day. As charging a mobile phone often costs 0.5 - 1 dollar, we expect that charging mobile phones will be profitable for the small businesses that rent the systems.

The project will be a pilot project in relation to a possible up-scaling in the same area and in relation to starting similar projects elsewhere in Africa.

The project will be carried out in collaboration with our partners.

If you think it would be interesting to know more about this project and our plans, we encourage you to click for more information below. 

A short video outlining the project.

A practical demo of the

system by Hans-Martin