The SolarFi App offers
Social and economic development is not possible without energy and electricity. Even though Africa is blessed with abundant sunshine, nearly 1 Billion inhabitants of Africa, 600 million people (1.2 billion globally) lack access to electricity. A primary solution to this power deficit is solar energy. SolarFi aims to connect the underserved and unconnected populations in Africa through solar-powered phone charging stations. Access to solar energy and last mile distribution is a mission that SolarFi has tirelessly been working on.
SolarFi connects people to solar power and WiFi, and payments can then be made through-out Africa on the SolarFi platform. SolarFi provides a “business in a box,” and the potential for promoting micro-franchises based on a solar-powergenerating kiosk. The kiosk, can charge mobile phones, offer virtual top-up service to buy mobile airtime, prepaid utilities, pay taxes and other bills. The booths also deliver Internet and local digital content via the intranet. In the SolarFi system, multiple hubs connect wirelessly to create a network managed by each entrepreneurial business owner. Kiosks can charge up to 100 phones simultaneously and provide Wi-Fi Internet for up to 80 users.
The booths are outfitted with sensors and with GPS & video cameras that allow the business owner to remotely monitor their performance and enhance safety. SolarFi addresses 11 out of 17 of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDG’s) and has a triple bottom line effect. The triple bottom line consists of social equity, economic, and environmental benefits. The phrase, “people, planet, and profit” describes the triple bottom line of SolarFi and the goal of sustainability that we are piloting in Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, two countries that were severely affected by the Ebola virus.
There is a dire need for solar energy and products of SolarFi in countries such as Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of 31st December 2017, for example, only 2% of Liberians had access to electricity in the rural areas, and only 8.6% of Liberians had access to the Internet. In comparison, only 2.4 % of Sierra Leoneans have access to the internet, and 14% have access to electricity. We plan to work with mobile network operators (Phone companies), NGO’s, international aid organizations and the United Nations to distribute solar-powered charging stations.