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United Nations Foundation and HOPE For Women And Children In Bangladesh in an article about our solar powered clinic project in Cox Bazaar

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Wanted to share this amazing „In conversation with” piece, written by Luc Severi of the United Nations Foundation Powering Healthcare after an interview with Iftikher Mahmood, MD of HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh.

Dr. Iftikher is talking about how Hope is using their vast experience and our solar powered infrastructure solutions to improve the healthcare situation for women and children in the world’s biggest refugee camp:

“An interesting point to make about our solar clinics is that now women can go into labor in an air-conditioned room. This might sound insignificant, but being in labor in a hot room at 85ºF can be very painful. It’s crucial that every woman experience labor and birth in healthy and comfortable conditions.”

The article can be found here

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SOLARKIOSK NOW IN INDIA

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SOLARKIOSK is well known to empower communities and entrepreneurs in Africa, but yesterday was an important milestone for the expansion plans of the company.
Our first E-HUBB in India was inaugurated. A big crowd of villagers, women groups, local politicians and partner organizations listened to the Keynote speeches of Andreas Spiess, CEO of Solarkiosk, Dr. Michael Menhart, Head of Economics, Sustainability & Public Affairs @ MunichRe, Ajaita Shah, founder and CEO of Frontier markets and the head of the village gave his blessings to the ceremony and the new business in the village.

Together they discovered this new piece of German technology that has arrived in their village and they learned from the Solar Sahelis (women entrepreneurs that are trained and access technology, marketing, and technical repair, to provide innovative solar solutions to sell to rural households) all about how Solar can change their lives.

The E-HUBB will bring Jobs and Opportunities as well as solar powered products and services to the community of Naugaon, Alwar, Rajasthan, India.
In the coming weeks 4 more kiosks will be inaugurated.
Thomas Rieger, Director of Sales and Marketing @SOLARKIOSK says:
“We at SOLARKIOSK are tremendously excited about the launch of our project in India. The launch of the first 5 E-HUBB in the communities of Jalsoo- Chomu, Govindgarh- Chomu, Naugaon – Alwar, Bhawanikhera – Ajmer and Moonpur- Alwar, Rajasthan has been realized thanks to the generous help of our partners from Ergo and Munich Re. 
It underlines our commitment to Enable and Empower the sustainable economic development of Base-of-the-Pyramid communities worldwide through the provision of clean energy services, quality products and sustainable solutions, delivered through our solar powered infrastructure solutions together with our partners from Frontier Markets. This important milestone is yet another step on our pathway to bring our technology to many more communities in India and across all of Asia.”

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Solarkiosk Tanzania made it into the “Companies to inspire Africa 2019” list of London Stock Exchange Group

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We are happy to announce that Solarkiosk Tanzania made it into the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) list of 360 companies accross Africa to inspire Africa in 2019.

You can download the report here:

https://www.lseg.com/resources/companies-inspire-africa/companies-inspire-africa-2019/about-report.



Congrats to our team in Tanzania! Please share the news and stay tuned.

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SOLARKIOSK goes on the Ones to Watch List for the 3rd Time – 60 Innovators Reveal Glimpses of our Industrial Future

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Berlin, Germany, 15 November 2018: SOLARKIOSK is awarded a place on the 2018 Ones to Watch list, produced by the Cleantech Group.

 

The Ones to Watch list, a sister list to the Global Cleantech 100, showcases up-and-coming companies that represent segments and sectors more people in the market should pay attention to. The Ones to Watch were selected from the Global Cleantech 100 short list. Solarkiosk has been awarded a place on the list three years in a row.

 

“Cleantech Group makes it its business to identify the innovation companies that investors and corporates are most excited by right now,” said Cleantech Group’s CEO, Richard Youngman. “Our annual Ones to Watch List represents companies trending upwards and emerging industrial solutions that are gaining market traction.”
 

“We are happy to receive this noble recognition and work hard every day to deserve it” said Andreas Spieß, CEO of SOLARKIOSK. “But more importantly, we will continue to serve our millions of customers in rural off-grid Africa and Asia with better energy and connectivity related products, services and solutions.”

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Our Tanzanian Country MD presents a Connected Solar Market Center

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Today Muhammed Sonko, our Tanzanian Country MD, takes us on a tour in one of our Connected Solar Market Centers (CSMC), located in Kibindu, Tanzania.
 

A CSMC truly is a unique value proposition for productive use of renewable energy in rural off-grid communities. Please enjoy the unique chance to get to know a SOLARKIOSK CSMC in effect and swarming with businesses and activities, with this helpful introduction.

 


 
Credits to Muhammed Sonko, Marc Zedler and the rest of our amazing Tanzanian SOLARKIOSK team.

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SOLARKIOSK Inaugurates 5 Solar Powered Mini-clinics at Rohingya Refugee Communities in Bangladesh

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20.9.2018, Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh: SOLARKIOSK together with 8minutenergy/Abundant Future Organization and HOPE Foundation inaugurated five solar powered mini-clinics at the Rohingya refugee communities in Bangladesh.

 

 

In just some months, the Bangladesh government together with many donor organizations built new camps for approximately 800,000 refugees from the Rohingya community in Myanmar. Bangladesh, itself being one of the poorest countries in the world, accomplished to prevent a human catastrophe in a remarkable endeavor, supported by the international community of donors and NGO´s, amongst them HOPE International, a medical organization based in Bangladesh and lead by Dr. Mahmood. HOPE has built a huge compound to treat pregnant and traumatized women in the Rohingya camp. SOLARKIOSK was able to contribute its solar powered E-HUBB technology and implement 5 mini-clinics, each with 2kwP, equipped with air conditioning, fridges for medicaments and vaccination, ECG and other testing devices, treatment and delivery rooms.

 

 

 

SOLARKIOSK´s modular, kit-of-part, multifunctional “E-HUBB” technology-design, developed by GRAFT architects, can be implemented and operated in very remote and challenging areas. Currently, SOLARKIOSK has contributed and implemented its E-HUBBs for humanitarian purposes, in particular refugee camps and host communities, in Africa, Middle East and Asia.

 

 

 

CEO Andreas Spiess said at the inauguration event: “Today we are very blessed to witness a heroic endeavor of the people of Bangladesh to rescue their neighbors, the Rohingya minorities, from one of the largest humanitarian catastrophes globally. We in Europe can learn a lot from Bangladesh, who are themselves an underserved nation, when it comes to effective and caring charity. SOLARKIOSK is proud and grateful for its modest contribution of five solar powered mini-clinics for Rohingya women and in particular thanks 8minutenergy / Abundant Future Foundation for their never-ending support in making this challenging project a success.”

 

A very special thank you goes to our engineering team Ben and Nasreldin, who worked non-stop for many weeks to ensure a flawless technical operation of the clinics.

 

 

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SOLARKIOSK Joined German Chancellor Merkel Again – This Time in West Africa

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The German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited a delegation of hand-picked German private business leaders to join her on a trip to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria for the last 3 days of August 2018. SOLARKIOSK’s CEO Andreas Spiess was honored to board the plane again with the Chancellor, after their successful mutual trip to Jordan and Lebanon in June, 2018.

 

Dr. Merkel’s delegation’s goal was for the government and private sector businesses to join forces to path the way for sustainable growth in West Africa, with a particular focus to motivate Germany-based companies to establish a presence and invest in these regions.

 

Andreas Spiess says: “The German government has identified SOLARKIOSK as one of the game changers, because our business model can rapidly scale across Africa, thereby ensuring long-lasting triple bottom-line impact. That is, socio-economic change in an environmentally friendly way.” He had a possibility to talk to major stakeholders from the civil society, the private sector and government in all three countries, and identified potential partners to work with in the future.

 

SOLARKIOSK is very eager to follow up on the meetings and acquaintances made, as well as deepen the dialogue with the German government. After his trip, Andreas Spiess posted this on his LinkedIn profile:

 

“Just returned from my trip with German chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel to West Africa. Inspiring and encouraging as there is a true alliance between private sector and government: we have to create millions of sustainable jobs in Africa NOW. Am grateful that SOLARKIOSK has been recognized by European and African leaders as a scalable solution to this challenge.

 

This is just the beginning.”

 

Photo copyrights:
SOLARKIOSK is very grateful for the photographs to Heinz-Walter Grosse and Andreas Schindler.

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A virtual walk through our Connected Solar Market Center

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SOLARKIOSK’s Connected Solar Market Center (CSMC) is one of the most powerful off-grid concepts currently being developed. Each CSMC hosts multiple independent businesses accessing energy from the central E-HUBB, while enjoying space, infrastructure and support – all provided by SOLARKIOSK.

 

A recent video demonstrates this. SOLARKIOSK has built such a CSMC in Kibindu, Tanzania where our local patrons can find a nice, green, solar powered Mall space in the middle of an off-grid community that becomes the secure community meeting space in the evening, thanks to the public plot light that has been installed there.

 

Through the provision of infrastructure and green, renewable solar electricity, in this CSMC we have empowered a number of local businesses:

 

  • A convenience retail store
  • A tailor store
  • A barber shop
  • An outdoor restaurant
  • A Pool billiard table
  • A cinema

 

Enjoy your virtual walk through our CSMC!

 

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Solarkiosk Team Donates to “Hope for Life” – an Orphanage in Rwanda

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SOLARKIOSK’s team members all feel privileged to work for a company that enables and empowers the sustainable socio-economic development of Base-of-the-Pyramid communities. One of the biggest challenges in many African countries is the high number of orphans, due to war, famine and disease. As a part of our work we often experience first-hand the dire situation in which many orphans are brought up. Hence, the SOLARKIOSK team members decided to raise some money to help at least some children in need.

The donation was contributed to an orphanage in Rwanda “Hope for Life”. Since SOLARKIOSK operates in Rwanda, there is a very concrete connection to and care for the country.

Hope for Life’s mission statement is to serve impoverished youth through holistic care. They provide stability and empower them with resources and education needed to obtain a future for themselves and their community.

Hope for Life’s US Executive Director and Co-Founder Megan Chao suggested to use the donation for the education of 24 children in Hope for Life’s rehabilitative home. “These kids came to us from situations of abuse, poverty, homelessness, and neglect, and stay at our home full time as they transition into better situations. They go to a private school during the day and then we have a teacher on staff who provides extra lessons during the evenings and weekends, as the children need that extra support.”

Amanda Good, the representative for Hope for Life Ministry said “I want to personally thank you, your co-workers, and company so much for this contribution. Our home of 30 boys will benefit greatly from your contribution! Your donation will go a long way for us in Rwanda”, as she received the donation from SOLARKIOSK in July.

In the picture (Copyright Hope For Life) you can see a three-year-old boy called Berite, one of the children who enrolled in HFL’s rehabilitative program in the past few months, who is currently transitioning to his new home and making a remarkable progress in only a few months.

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