Stage 5: Scaling
9.4 million people in Rwanda, 85% of the population, are not connected to grid electricity. Distributed generating technologies offer a solution, but progress is limited by affordability constraints. To address this, Azuri has developed “Indigo.”
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Funds Raised to Date
To sell and evaluate one million Indigo pay-as-you-go solar lighting products in the next five years.With DIV funding, Azuri honed its distribution model and performed detailed evaluations of the product’s potential links, finding that children spent 44% more time studying in households with this system installed and adults reported more time for reading and family gatherings.
How does your innovation work?
With Indigo, Azuri finances the upfront cost, and the customer pays for the system through the weekly purchase of scratch cards. It is the world’s first mass-market “pay-as-you-go” solar lighting product for off-grid emerging markets. Customers receive eight hours per day of clean, carbon-free lighting for two rooms and also mobile phone charging.
Planned Goals and Milestones
As well as benefiting 50,000 people (at five per household), Azuri will use this phase to develop distribution models and processes, perform detailed evaluations of the product’s social impacts, and develop the investment case. The goal is to sell one million Indigo units, benefiting 5 million people, in the next five years in Rwanda and elsewhere.
The purpose of this project is to prove the success of pay as you go solar in African countries that lack such infrastructure.