Nafore and Afrisolar Energy Kiosks

Providing easily assessible phone re-charging facilities through kiosks
2009 SEED Award Winner Clean Energy Burkina Faso

MicroSow and Afrisolar, aim to fill the energy gap faced by citizens in rural areas in Burkina Faso, where 98% of the population is excluded from the official power grid. Through a network of franchisees the initiative provides access to mobile solar-powered charging stations (the Nafore) where rural households can charge their mobile phones in a commercially and environmentally sustainable way. The charging stations for mobile telephones, powered on solar photovoltaic modules, can be used in any area of Burkina Faso. 

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

The Nafore allows people to recharge their phones easily using solar power and at the same time, it creates permanent jobs and income opportunities in rural areas through the franchising.
  • Assisting people in rural areas to receive better access to knowledge, information and services, such as market prices or medical assistance.
  • Reducing pollution and emissions as the Nafore kiosks, as 100% powered by solar energy and replacing the petrol and diesel-powered charging stations.
  • Enabling the franchisees to start economic activities without much capital, and in turn, benefitting the poor to engage in income generation.


This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

MicroSow, established in 1998, specialises in rural electrification through solar energy.

Afrisolar, a pan-African international NGO, aims to contribute to poverty reduction by fostering the use of renewable sources of energy on the African continent.

SEWA e.V is an international NGO working closely with local communities and authorities in Burkina Faso to provide renewable energy to rural schools and medical centres.

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