A loan of $3,000 helped buy 5 more electricity kiosks.

Juabar's story

Juabar is a social enterprise that operates 22 electricity kiosks in rural Tanzania. These mobile kiosks can provide solar-powered recharging services to the 65% of the population who own and regularly uses mobile phones, but who live miles from the electricity grid.

Each kiosk is operated by a local "Juapreneur". These entrepreneurs provide a critical service to their local villages and towns, recharging cellphones, and recharging and selling solar lanterns, radios, and other electrical devices. These are towns hours away from the electrical grid. Without Juabar in town, recharging can be expensive and inconsistent. Locals either have to track down someone with a big battery, that was recharged in the city, or lend their phone to someone heading to the city. With Juabar, this weekly chore is less expensive, far less time consuming, and consistently available.

Juabar provides the kiosk and training, and the Juapreneur pays a monthly fee for the use of the equipment and ongoing support. The loan will provide sufficient funding to add another 5 kiosks. Repayments will come directly from the monthly fees, and secured by the other 22 kiosks currently deployed.

Juabar is a revenue-generating social enterprise, with a proven business model, a high demand from new entrepreneurs who want to open new Juabars, and an opportunity in Tanzania alone to reach over 20 million people with phones but no access to the electric grid.

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