KARIBU Solar Power
Produces modular solar lamps and mobile phone chargers.
The modular solar lamp consists of a solar panel, a rechargeable battery or mobile phone charger and a light. Users buy the battery and the light components and pay for the solar panel in small increments. After just a few weeks, they own the solar panel and can charge the battery on their own. KARIBU Solar Power’s “rent-to-own” programme and “pay per charge” model replicate the cash ﬂow for buying kerosene. Costs to users are under USD 1 a day, making the lamp affordable for the 500+ million Africans.
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