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Solar phone charging could help millions living in rural Africa, says report

Author: Date:2011-11-4 12:03:50

A novel solution for charging mobile phones in rural Africa could help millions of subscribers according to a new report released this week by GVEP International.

 
Local micro-entrepreneurs are trained in establishing and running phone charging services using solar PV panels. These businesses are highly profitable generating employment as well as providing a much needed service. GVEP has been pioneering the approach for the last two years providing technical and business training and helping the entrepreneurs secure micro-finance loans.
 
Despite the huge advances in mobile telephony in Africa access in rural areas is low. For mobile customers charging their phone often involves a journey of 15km to the nearest power supply. This costs money and time and leads to subscribers conserving battery power by minimising use of the phone.
 
The GSM Association – the industry umbrella body – estimates that $1.3bn of business is lost each year because of the difficulty rural customers in Africa have in charging phones. Various solutions are being explored by the industry including solar charged handsets and the use of surplus power from mobile masts to provide a charging service.
 
GVEP believes the model it has developed offers an effective way to meet needs which is sustainable, creates jobs and is easily scalable.
 
The ‘development’ impact of mobile ownership has been well documented and is illustrated by some of the case studies in the GVEP report. Farmers with phones are able to secure better prices for their crops and service providers like masons secure business through being accessible by phone. Phones provide money transfer services, information, and a range of other benefits.
 
Simon Collings, author of the report, said: ‘It was clear from my visits to these entrepreneurs that here is a model which works. The entrepreneurs were making good money and were keen to expand to meet the demand.’
 

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