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Total loan: $50,000

Zonful Energy

Harare, Harare Province, Zimbabwe / Retail

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A loan helped to distribute solar home systems throughout rural Zimbabwe with pay-as-you-go credit.


Zonful Energy's story

Problem

11M of Zimbabwe’s 15.6M population live in rural areas. 75% (or 8.25M) of rural people are off-grid and depend on kerosene for lighting. Furthermore, even those with access to the national grid experience inconsistent and poor quality service. Henceforth, latent demand for solar technology exists widely but affordable solutions are few and far between.

Solution

Zonful Energy brings together solar and mobile technology to provide affordable, clean and bright energy to off-grid villages in Zimbabwe. Zonful provides smart credit to enable low income consumers to access energy products and pay for them in instalments using mobile money platform such as Econet.

Loan Use & Impact

Zonful will use the loan specifically for piloting PAYG in the more remote, rural areas of Zimbabwe. For Zonful’s customers, the payment plan will be a 20% initial deposit, followed by regular payment for up to one year. After completing payments, customers own the solar product outright.