COUNTRY: Zambia, Burundi, Malawi, DR Congo, Angola, Mozambique and Namibia
Running time: 6:10
Africa accounts for 12% of the world’s population yet only 4% of energy use with more than 600 million Africans having no electricity. Internet usage is less than 20%, leaving the young generations out of the digital revolution, unable to drive the future Africa’s growth. However, despite the low electrification rate, Africa has one of the fastest growing rates of smart phones penetration. According to GSMA, the number of smart phones is expected to reach 700 million by 2020, becoming a key driver of digital and financial inclusion in rural Africa. That is where access to electricity and connectivity become an important business opportunity. Swedish social for profit developmental company BiziSol works to promote the last mile distribution of off-grid, clean, affordable energy and connectivity solutions such as high quality solar panel mobile and laptop chargers. The company also plans to expand:
- BiziHub: One-stop-shop for off grid households; a plug-and-play solar solution made from shipping containers, equipped with solar panels, and delivering energy and internet connection to the rural communities, while also serving as a logistics hub for basic community fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) and selling solar products. BiziHub will be operated by a local female entrepreneur, and will serve as a logistics base for door-to-door selling agents, and as a rural e-Trade center. Each BiziHub will be delivered with 25 laptops to be used for training and as rural Connecting Hubs.
- eBiziShop: an e-market place for energy and connectivity solutions allowing the online purchase of BiziSol products to be delivered to so anyone living in remote areas.
BiziSol also advocates for clean energy, eTrade and climate resilience in the markets of operation. Partners include Little Sun GmbH, WidEnergy Africa Ltd. (Zambian women’s initiative for delivering clean energy), Youth for Sustainable Development (Malawi) and BurundiShop.