- For less than USD 1.50 per month, rural Malawians get unlimited access to light through Kumudzi Kuwale’s charging station concept.
- The concept has proven to offer attractive, affordable light to rural Malawians, as well as being a sustainable business model for the company.
- The company will be building charging stations in more than 300 rural villages the coming two years, providing light to an estimated 150,000 rural Malawians.
Kumudzi Kuwale Limited, situated in Nkhotakota in Malawi, aims at providing affordable light to marginalized rural Malawians by building 300 solar charging stations in rural villages by 2021. The company’s mission is simple: provide sustainable energy for everyone. The “No one should be left in the dark” project aims at providing affordable light to the marginalized, rural population of Malawi.
The company aims at building charging stations in more than 300 rural villages the coming two years, providing light to an estimated 150,000 rural Malawians. The rapid scale-up of the charging station concept is made possible through funding from EEP Africa, Grønn-Hagen Bjørke Malawi Foundation (GHBMF), and Nkhotakota Youth Organization (NYO).
By building charging stations in rural villages far from the national Malawian electricity grid (ESCOM), Kumudzi Kuwale provides unlimited charging of small light beacons for 1000MWK per month (less than 1,5USD) to villagers who would otherwise not be able to access affordable, renewable light.
The light beacons cost less per month, lasts longer, and shines brighter than the current light source of most villagers (kerosene, firewood, or torches), and has proven to be an attractive service for villagers, as well as a sustainable business model for Kumudzi Kuwale.
“We are very proud of our charging station concept. As one of very few companies in Malawi, we have managed to provide light to the most marginalized in the population, and at the same time, we have been able to create a business model that is both profitable and sustainable for the company” – Kristian Viflot, Director of Charging Stations, Kumudzi Kuwale Limited.
Author: GBA News Desk
Source: Kumudzi Kuwale Limited
Kumudzi Kuwale Limited is a Malawian for-profit social enterprise, headquartered in Nkhotakota, Central Malawi. The company specializes in solar electricity installations and solar engineering. To achieve its mission of providing sustainable energy for everyone, the company has established three separate business units; shops selling solar equipment to private households (Nkhotakota and Kasungu), solar installations providing electricity to commercial and government functions, and rural charging stations for people not otherwise able to access affordable renewable energy solutions.