Today close to 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water, nearly half the world lives on less than $2 a day and a quarter of humanity gets by without electricity. To help address some of these issues and spur economic and social development,
For more than 125 years, The
What Is EKOCENTER?
EKOCENTER is a modular community market that is run by a local woman entrepreneur and also provides safe water, solar power and Internet access.
In 2014, we placed 25 EKOCENTERs in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana and Vietnam and in 2015 our goal is to place up to 150 additional units to prove out our business model.
The pilots will be conducted in collaboration with our partner SOLARKIOSK (www.solarkiosk.eu), a private company based in Berlin, Germany. SOLARKIOSK combines an award-winning design and innovative technology with an inclusive business model to enable economic and social development in off-the-grid communities. Since 2012 SOLARKIOSK has piloted kiosks in remote areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Botswana. The kiosks are designed by Graft Architects (www.graftlab.com), also from Germany.
Community participation and support are essential to the success of EKOCENTER, which is why we envision EKOCENTER being operated by local female entrepreneurs, complementing our 5by20 initiative, with assistance from technology, development, and financial partners.
How We’re Doing This: The Golden Triangle SOLARKIOSK Graft Pentair Ericsson Global Environment & Technology Fund IBM Inter-American Development Bank McCann Health Global Water Challenge
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