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COP23 is ready for the future along with SOLARKIOSK

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SOLARKIOSK is proud to be part of the “Ready for the future” poster campaign of German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), promoting the upcoming COP23 event in Bonn.

SOLARKIOSK, represented under the motto “Climate Action is Independence”, was selected to be featured amongst a variety of companies who have received support from the German government to further develop their projects.

More information on SOLARKIOSK’s participation in the campaign is available here.

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SOLARKIOSK at Deutsches Museum in Munich

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SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB was selected to be exhibited in the world’s largest museum of science and technology – Munich’s Deutsches Museum.

The Long Night of Museums, during which these images were taken, was a true highlight of the exhibition period, securing a record attendance of 12,000 visitors on October 14th.

The special exhibition energie.wenden, dedicated to energy transition, explained how energy is generated, stored and distributed, as well as energy requirements and utilisation. It also examines heat, mobility and manufacturing, and focuses on the many possible approaches to a conscious energy transition – challenging visitors to make that transition a reality.

Deutsches Museum also got to test the E-HUBB’s solar architecture design in action, using it to offer the Museum visitors a favourite German combination – sausages and beer!


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SOLARKIOSK at Global Green Growth Week in Ethiopia

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“Breakthrough technology for productive use of renewable energy in Africa’s rural off-grid areas” was the topic of the talk that SOLARKIOSK’s CEO Andreas Spiess has delivered at the latest Global Green Growth (GGG) Week as one of the keynote speakers.

GGGWeek that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this year and brought together participants from around the world, representing governments, the private sector, and civil society, is the platform to generate innovative solutions for strong, inclusive, and sustainable growth in Africa and globally.

The GGGWeek is organized by the Global Green Growth Institute that is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization dedicated to supporting economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive.

Read more about GGGWeek 2017 here.

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Munich Re, ERGO and SOLARKIOSK partner to mitigate the effects of climate change

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With the joint support of Munich Re and ERGO, SOLARKIOSK will open five new E-HUBBs in Kenya in 2017.

In addition to the supply of renewable energy products, services and consumer goods, the co-branded E-HUBBs will offer free wifi connectivity to the community. SOLARKIOSK will also join forces with a local NGO partner to offer programming focused on resilience and enabling of the local population. The E-HUBBs will be located in Migori County, adding to Solar Kiosk Kenya’s growing network spanning across nine counties.

“We are so pleased to announce our partnership with Munich Re and ERGO, as we are completely aligned in our focus on climate change resilience through renewable energy and female empowerment,” commented SOLARKIOSK CEO Andreas Spiess at the ERGO kick-off event held in Dusseldorf on Monday.


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Revolutionary ideas take center stage at SOLARKIOSK workshop in Berlin

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Last week, SOLARKIOSK’s leaders and Managing Directors from across the continent convened in Berlin to partake in a 3-day workshop entitled: CSMC 2.0 – Innovation, Development, and Growth. The workshop took place at Münzsalon in Berlin-Mitte, where some of the company’s sharpest minds deliberated on the future of the Connected Solar Market Center (CSMCS), 23 of which are currently in operation across Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya.

The CSMC is one of the most innovative and powerful off-grid concepts for rural economic development that currently exists in Africa. A CSMC provides a modern space for hosting a diverse range of independent businesses, each run by a local entrepreneur. These selected microbusinesses tap into the energy supply of a central E-HUBB while also taking advantage of the state-of-the-art infrastructure and holistic support provided by the SOLARKIOSK country teams.

As the CSMC network is expected to grow exponentially in 2018, SOLARKIOSK is currently looking to develop new, innovative ways to empower more rural, young entrepreneurs and help them grow their business within the CSMC framework. The aim of the workshop in Berlin was to bring together creative and business-savvy minds from SOLARKIOSK’s Headquarters in Berlin as well as from its affiliates across Africa to collaboratively brainstorm new business opportunities and productive use cases that could be introduced and bring to life the next generation of CSMCs: the CSMC 2.0.

Needless to say, the workshop provided SOLARKIOSK with lots of new ideas which will be critically evaluated against a number of criteria including return on investment, impact, and feasibility over the next few weeks. We’ll keep you posted on the latest developments so stay tuned!

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SOLARKIOSK organises operator training sessions in Ethiopia

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Following the success of the latest operator training sessions in Kenya, SOLARKIOSK has organized an operator training day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

During the participatory and practical training, the operators and area officers engaged in various confidence-building activities, as well as extended their knowledge on sales and communication best practices.

In the coming months, SOLARKIOSK Ethiopia will incorporate the training outcomes in the two zones known as ‘Butajira’ and ‘Welkite’ in SNNPR region where six of the E-HUBBs are located.

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Connected Solar Market Centers empower local entrepreneurship

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The images below show the 23-year-old Ally Ramadhan Ndele, who recently has opened a barbershop within SOLARKIOSK’s Connected Solar Market Center in Kibaha, Tanzania, about 80 kilometers out of Dar es Salaam. Ally moved to Kibaha from an urban area called Mlandizi, where he was employed as a barber after completing his education. He was not earning much and was enthusiastic about the opportunity to run his own business in a SOLARKIOSK CSMC in the countryside.

Ally has said he believes that customers like his shop because of his style and the cool music played in the area; he was happy to share that the number of customers he has had is great, especially given the fact that he has been in the village for less than a month. He does not think much about a town life anymore, as he finds himself adjusting very well in the area. “I can find almost everything here, people are friendly and some commodities are cheaper, moreover in terms if commodities I get almost everything I want from the E-HUBB. This is what I’ve always been dreaming of, running my own business and making my own money”- he noted.

As the Connected Solar Market Center network grows, SOLARKIOSK is looking for more ways to empower many more young entrepreneurs like Ally to follow their dreams.

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SOLARKIOSK performs market demand study in Rwanda

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SOLARKIOSK is driven by satisfying the needs of our customers. This is why a market demand study based on the human-centered design approach is currently being carried out, with the first round just finalized last week in Rwanda.

Human-centered design is a participative action research approach which keeps our clients’ lives and desires at its core. This approach helps us develop solutions which are really rooted in our clients’ needs, and by this bring real added value to the communities we work in.

We believe that it is our clients and their families who know best which products and services can really make a difference in their lives. With our extensive E-HUBB network, we are ready to provide the right solutions to these needs – be it farming tools, school supplies or solar-powered football screenings.

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SOLARKIOSK organises operator training sessions in Kenya

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An important objective for SOLARKIOSK is to ensure that all E-HUBB operators are educated about solar products, as well as sales and marketing strategies.

We are continuously working on tools and materials to support them and enable successful E-HUBB operations.

Earlier this week, 11 E-HUBB operators from Samburu region in Kenya underwent a full day refresher training held in two sessions in Maralal and Isiolo towns, as seen on the images below.

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SOLARKIOSK helps improve livelihood in pastoral communities

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What if one solar product was your indoor lighting, security lighting to fend off wild animals and thus protecting your livestock 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 grid electricity.

These livestock-raising communities source from a number of tribes in Kenya. Their villages form a part of the catchment areas around SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBBs, and we are proud to support them to 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.

In the area surrounding Oldonyiro, where the image below was taken, many of them hail from the Samburu tribe. These communities reside in communes known as ‘bomas’, a fenced area where house structures called ‘manyattas’ are the homesteads with a separate fenced area for livestock in the form of goats and cattle.

“Out at our home (boma), we do not have electricity. This solar panel is our electricity, it does everything,” notes one of the E-HUBB customers seen on the image.

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