When Rwandan President Paul Kagame visited our Atlanta headquarters in 2013, The
What is EKOCENTER?
It's a social enterprise initiative that The
Last week, Kent upheld his promise when The
“We launched EKOCENTER because we know that our growth and our partners’ growth can only be sustainable when the communities we serve are strong,” Kent said at a dedication ceremony attended by President Kagame, key stakeholders and community members.
“By working across the ‘golden triangle’ of business, government and civil society, we believe we can support increased local investment and help make communities like Ruhunda more economically and socially sustainable.”
In Ruhunda, Ericsson helped build a new mobile phone tower to provide connectivity, while TIGO is providing 3G coverage for Internet access. Medshare provides medicines to the government-run health centre. Pentair operates two water purification units providing up to 20,000 litres of safe drinking water daily, and Philips powers lighting for a new football field and surrounding areas, including the health centre.
Solarkiosk designed and operates the self-contained EKOCENTER, which is run by a woman entrepreneur and acts as a local retail store where solar solutions, basic necessities and Coca-Cola products are sold.
Kent said the new EKOCENTER – one of 20 operating in Rwanda – sets a “new gold standard for development.”
“I’ve never seen a more dynamic, more promising example of the power of partnerships than the one I’m seeing right here,” he added. “This new site will be a shining light to Coca-Cola’s worldwide system… one that shows what’s truly possible when people of good will work together. And, most importantly, it represents investment, growth and development, not through aid alone, but through truly sustainable economic operating models.”
Along with our partners we've opened more than 100 EKOCENTERs in seven countries. By the end of 2016, we plan to open at least 177 EKOCENTERs in 10 countries serving a potential population of approximately 1 million people. EKOCENTERs act as both a community centre and general store. The kiosks are modular by design to allow local communities to customise a site to their needs.