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Tomorrow’s Rural Home ready for launch in Rwanda

A next generation utility platform, BBOXX, will unveil its vision of a typical 2020s rural dwelling in the developing world at Unlocking Solar Capital Africa 2018 in Kigali.

According to a company statement, Tomorrow’s Rural Home, reflects the needs and desires of rural households in the developing world.

Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and co-founder of BBOXX, said: “Tomorrow’s Rural Home captures the aspiration of off-grid communities, who want affordable utilities to improve their quality of life.

“It is unacceptable that access to basic needs such as reliable electricity, cooking gas and internet is difficult for many rural households and businesses across the developing world. Our vision is to deliver a whole range of these vital utilities to those without them.

The launch coincides with the power company reaching a milestone 50,000 active households, 250,000 customers in Rwanda.

Its solar home systems provide affordable energy for household use, such as lighting, charging mobile phones, and powering TVs and radios.

“The Home reflects our strategy to broaden from being a provider of solar home systems to a multi-utility company, transforming the lives of underserved households in the developing world,” Hamayun added.

Bringing on-grid experience

Tomorrow’s Rural Home has been created by BBOXX and select innovation partners using smart, sustainable building materials and design. Read more: Finding the necessary talent to lead off-grid markets

The Rural Home showcases the company’s range of products and services, designed to bring the on-grid experience in an off-grid location. These include:

  • Clean, affordable, reliable energy – a pay-as-you-go solar energy system, for households and micro businesses.
  • Connect – affordable internet service bundled with internet enabled devices.
  • Cook – LPG gas stoves and canisters and biogas, available on a pay-as-you-go basis.
  • Pulse – a cloud-based task management platform, to help distributed service companies manage customer service, predicting when product maintenance will be required before faults occur, assisting customers with upgrades.
Babalwa Bungane
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