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Innovative Technologies for Underserved Populations - Innovative take on pay-to-own solar lights/cell phone chargers (divi IT UP)

Namibia

Titre : Innovative Technologies for Underserved Populations - Innovative take on pay-to-own solar lights/cell phone chargers (divi IT UP)

Pays : Namibia / Zambia

Date : 2014

Résumé
In 2014, Elephant Energy began implementation of divi IT UP, an innovative take on pay-to-own solar lights/cell phone chargers. The project seeks to impact MDGs and SE4A goals by increasing access to small-scale solar products for last mile customers in Namibia and Zambia, and by testing a sustainable model for global scalability/replicability.

Description
In Namibia and Zambia, the need for clean, safe, and affordable energy alternatives is one that is both urgent and growing. In Namibia, while more than 70% of the urban population has access to the electric grid, only 15% of rural households are connected. In Zambia, less than 20% of the population has access to electricity, and less than 3% of rural households are connected. Additionally, from 2007–2011, 31.9% of the population in Namibia and 80% of rural Zambians lived below the international poverty line (below $1.25/day). As a result, daily expenses for candles, kerosene and other dirty fuels add up quickly. Divi IT UP is designed to meet the needs of rural, poor customers by providing a pay-to-own approach to small-scale solar products. The innovative technology increases access to solar lights/cell phone chargers for last mile customers who are traditionally excluded from modern energy purchases. The primary objective is to eradicate reliance on kerosene and candles for household light and to provide cleaner, more affordable alternatives. The innovative divi technology utilizes a cloud-based network to enable payments and payment tracking. Unlike other pay-as-you-go products, divi-enabled lights move the customer towards ownership. That is to say, rather than buying credits to use the light, each payment moves the customer closer to full ownership. Each product has a unique identifier and the light can only be enabled when a customer is up-to-date on payments.

Bénéficiaires
Beneficiaries include rural, poor customers in Namibia and Zambia who live in last mile, unelectrified communities without access to modern energy.

Porteur projet : Elephant Energy

Financement : United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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