In 2017 we supported –  alongside our strategic partners DFID, USAID and Power Africa – the company BBOXX to run a pilot of their pay-as-you-go solar home system business in the city of Goma, on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The DRC is one of the most challenging frontier markets to work in, with no or poor access to energy. With a population of one million, Goma has an estimated total power need of 80MW. The state utility supplies just 3-5MW. 
One year on, BBOXX have produced a learning report that demonstrates the early successes and challenges they have faced in the pilot, and outlining their strategies for mitigating the risks faced when doing business in frontier markets: 
  1. Following the right playbook 
  2. Finding the right local partners 
  3. Hiring top quality local staff
  4. Cutting edge technology

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