Lighting up remote rural communities with solar power
RISE imports high-quality, modular solar systems that are designed to provide light and mobile charging, and transports them to remote rural trading posts. Working with complementary partners, the enterprise offers innovative consumer financing, and utilises existing distribution networks in rural areas.
RISE trains local sales agents in business and sales skills, and on benefits, uses, and technical aspects of solar technology. Thus, the agents are able to successfully market the products while creating awareness in local communities.
RISE reduces the cost of electricity allowing children to study longer, shops to remain open later, and mobile devices to charge faster. The switch to solar energy in communities lowers health problems and safety risks related to burning fossil fuels, and reduces greenhouses gas emissions.
RISE leverages consumer financing provided by Sollatek Tanzania and the extensive distribution network of Olam Tanzania to sell solar products to smallholder farmers in rural Tanzania.
Sollatek Tanzania is an experienced rural renewable energy distributor and has led the planning, partnership formation, and implementation of RISE since late 2014.
Olam Tanzania is one of Tanzania’s largest agricultural commodity traders and contributing access to its extensive network of rural trading posts and smallholder farmer trading partners.
NIWA is RISE's first supplier partner, and has made the bulk of its product line available to RISE on terms that will enable Sollatek to affordably finance their distribution.
The 2015 SEED Awards in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya are largely supported by the European Union, which is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.