Entrepreneur on building his mobile phone charging kiosk franchise in Rwanda

Rwandan Henri Nyakarundi (38) is the founder of African Renewable Energy Distributor (ARED), a company that led him to be named winner of the Seif Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2014.

A franchisee of the Mobile Solar Kiosk making use of the tablet provided to allow for the sales of services electronically. The kiosk is equipped with multiple ports to charge small electronics.

Formed in 2012, his solar energy start-up has developed the Mobile Solar Kiosk (MSK) in Rwanda, a one-stop shop for mobile users looking for low-cost and convenient phone charging, amongst other things. ARED also makes use of a franchise model for its kiosks, allowing people with little capital to start their own business whilst also providing stable and reliable energy solutions to rural and semi-urban areas.