on many of his frequent trips to Burundi where his family lived, Henri Nyakarundi got to see firsthand how much trouble the locals went through just to have their cellphones and other devices charged.
Electricity was unavailable, or perhaps epileptic at best, in parts of Burundi, and his folks lived in an area that was particularly notorious for week-long blackouts. Thus, the locals had to make long trips to neighboring communities that were not as badly hit. And such journeys were not always fruitful – there were days that culminated in futility.
This got Henri Nyakarundi thinking about ways through which some respite could be afforded people in such situations. It actually disturbed him that people had to go through such trouble for something he thought was basic and those many occasions of having to scamper home after dialing his folks for several days and being unable to reach anyone may have gotten to him.
Nyakarundi figured the best solution would be a power source that could be moved around and wouldn’t need to be replenished. And that’s when the idea for the solar kiosk sunk home.