Solaris Introduces Biolite SolarHome 620 to Tanzania

Solaris Tanzania is proud and excited to announce its new partnership with BioLite, involving the addition of the BioLite SolarHome 620 to our Solar Home Systems (SHS) product line – tailored especially for the last mile market. The partnership builds on the existing partnership between BioLite and PaygOps, which integrates our industry leading software with the BioLite SolarHome 620 hardware.

A fantastic use for plastic in Tanzania

Not so. The company’s founders, Evanna Lyons and Alexis Cronin, wanted to make furniture they would buy themselves. “That was our whole aim all along,” says Lyons, a psychotherapist from Meath who also works in the local hospital. “It had to be impossible to tell it from any other furniture. And nobody believes it until you sit on it.”

Africa’s new breed of solar energy entrepreneurs

The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates 585 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, with the electrification rate as low as 14.2% in rural areas.
The problem is most acute in East Africa, where only 23% of Kenyans; 10.8% of Rwandans; and 14.8% of Tanzanians have access to an electricity supply, according to the World Bank.

In spite of efforts to get people onto the grid, population growth has meant these figures stay fairly steady, with the majority of people still using costly and unhealthy forms of energy for cooking and lighting.

EcoAct Tanzania recycles plastic waste and turns them into environmentally friendly plastic lumber

Born in Tanzania, Christian recycles plastic waste and turns them into environmentally friendly plastic lumber. With that action, he protects the environment by reducing deforestation in his region but also helps his community. As a child, Christian grew up in slums where he faced a massive number of plastics waste and unhealthy living conditions.

Sproxil Nigeria: Ingenuity in the Fight Against Counterfeit Drugs

On June 22, 30 pharmacies and patent medical stores were shut down in Ajeromi-Ifelodun, a small area in Nigeria’s most populous state, Lagos. The update came from the Lagos State Ministry of Health, which sealed the stores for reportedly selling counterfeit drugs. Just weeks before, the Nigerian senate had passionately discussed a new bill that would sentence “culprits of sale and production of fake drugs” to life imprisonment.

20 Global Startups That Are Changing The World

A phone charging kiosk in rural Tanzania powered by the sun, Juabar uses a 50W solar-PV system, which can charge as many as 20 phones or other small electronic devices at the same time. The stated mission of this social enterprise is to “develop profitable small business opportunities in Tanzania while meeting community energy and connectivity needs.” Entrepreneurs lease the kiosks and are currently serving thousands of customers, who need to charge their devices in a largely off-grid world. Juabar continues to support its network of partners after the initial set-up through regular training sessions, covering everything from customer service and bookkeeping to basic technical operations.

Meet the Seedstars World Tanzania winner: Juabar

The startup does this by leasing solar phone charging kiosks on a month-by-month basis, which the entrepreneurs can then use to launch their own businesses by having community members pay to charge their phone at the kiosk.

Mobile Phones for Recognizing Counterfeit Medicine

The high cost of pharmaceutical drugs affects patients, health care providers, hospitals and governments throughout the world. The pharmaceutical industry is reported to be worth $300 billion a year and in the United States, close to half of the population is using prescription drugs at any given time.

Selling solar to keep Tanzania connected

Solar PV has already begun to take off in East Africa, with companies such as M-Kopa and Juabar providing solar panels to hundreds of thousands of homes since the start of last year, while solar kiosks are springing up across the region to enable customers to charge their mobile phones.

22 of the Most Fascinating Social Good Startups Changing the World

Juabar empowers off-grid Tanzanians with employment in the growing solar and mobile technology industries while filling a community energy need for mobile charging. “We used to organically go out and find new [local entrepreneurs] on our own but now as we’ve gotten smarter, we tap into existing networks of retailers and organizations working on economic and employment development to reach new customers,” says CEO Olivia Nava.

Solar energy’s Canadian bright lights: 3 entrepreneurs helping the developing world

Canadian entrepreneurs are helping bring solar power to a growing number of Africans living off the grid.
More than half a billion people in Africa don’t have access to electricity, according to Lighting Africa, a program run by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation to improve access to energy. By 2030, that number is expected to reach about 700 million.

The need for light in those communities forces people to turn to cheap, dangerous sources like kerosene lamps and candles.

But some Canadians are stepping in to create affordable, clean energy alternatives:

How this company built a business by charging phones in rural Tanzania

Nearly two-thirds of Tanzania’s population of 49 million reside in rural areas, with less than 5% of these households having access to electricity. For the rest, alternative forms of energy such as paraffin, charcoal and firewood are used.

Sproxil’s boss joins other world leaders at 45th World Economic Forum

Sproxil’s founder and chief executive officer, Dr. Ashifi Gogo, joined other world leaders to make a presentation at the 45th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland earlier this year

Planete d’Entrepreneurs team assesses EGG-energy’s social impact

Our team from the French NGO Planète d’Entrepreneurs recently spent six weeks with EGG-energy to assess its social impact on its beneficiaries. This study was commissioned by GDF SUEZ Rassembleurs d’Energies, one of EGG-energy’s investors, who we warmly thank for making this mission possible. Since 2009, Plane?te d’Entrepreneurs has been helping social entrepreneurs assessing their social impact and promoting their innovative model in France and developing countries by training and involving French students in the field.


Congrats to the team of Karibu Solar Power! Last week we profiled one of the investors who found the company through VC4Africa and invested a “five digit sum”. This week we catch up with the company’s Executive Director Adam Camenzuli.


Interview: Juabar

“Our solution is an electrified pop-up charging kiosk and service distribution point designed to be run as a local business. As a product it is a charging and connectivity hub …