It’s a gamble that Ignite Power in Rwanda has won. The solar kit supplier electrified 5,000 households in rural areas in two months. Ignite Power’s record is part of its Pro-Poor Extreme Affordability Programme. Launched three years ago, before the spread of Covid-19 in Africa began, this project aims to electrify households in the most remote areas with very low purchasing power.
Thus, the connected households will pay a flat rate of 860 Rwandan francs (86 euro cents) per month. The small amount payment used in this programme is facilitated by “mobile banking”. This method of payment by mobile phone is available in many parts of the African continent, even in remote areas.
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