October 24th, 2018 – Boston, Massachusetts – SolarFi, which will connect the underserved and unconnected populations in Africa through solar-powered phone charging stations, has announced its online crowdfunding launch taking place on Friday, November 2nd at Microsoft’s store in Boston at the Prudential Tower, this launch will coincide with a live launch of their new Solar-Powered Kiosk. With a grand finale at Microsoft’s 5th Avenue flagship store in NYC on November 28th.
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The company’s innovative platform provides solutions for the lack of energy sources in Africa. An estimated 600 million people in Africa do not have access to electricity. While mobile phones are common in rural Africa, the ability to charge them is not readily available. People must trek for two hours on foot and use fossil fuel burning generators to charge their devices. SolarFi will provide a fast and eco-friendly solution to this problem, charging up to 100 phones simultaneously. and will deliver free STEM related educational content.
Ambassador Yvonne Khamati, Kenya’s former Ambassador to the UN, and permanent secretary to the African Union believes SolarFi’s kiosks can empower 10,000 female entrepreneurs within the next three years. She also believes that an increase in mobile phone accessibility will result in a rise in the middle class.
The company will work with non-governmental organizations and international aid groups. Significantly, SolarFi will partner with the United Nations to distribute solar-powered charging stations and is collaborating with USAID Power Africa to bring affordable, innovative products to Africa. Nonprofit organizations such as Save the Children and Catholic Relief Services will be implementation partners.
SolarFi is coming fresh off of hubweek, and was selected as one of the top 100 start-up business change makers of 2018 by the hosts of the event: Harvard University, MIT and the Boston Globe.
Even while SolarFi’s initial target is Africa, representatives of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York have suggested that the kiosks be placed throughout the state to allow people to charge their cell phones when they are not near a source of electricity. Former trustee at NY Power Authority, Mark O’Luck who recently joined SolarFi as an advisor is central to this.
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 SolarFi’s goal. SolarFi provides a “business in a box,” and the potential for promoting micro-franchises based on solar-powered generating kiosks.