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Portable solar charging and light through mobile micro-payments for rural African families.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Nairobi, Kenya
  • Currency USD
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

Micro payment-control venture formed after 3 years of direct pay-per-use solar energy trials in rural Kenya and 30 combined related-years of mobile-micro payment and rural outreach experience, operating against a proven way to profitably bring affordable power & light to those who can only pay with cash-on-hand.


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    Konrad App

    Former GM of Solio East Africa building upon 3 years of pay-per-use energy trials and research in rural Kenya. 15 years of developing market experience bringing emerging technologies to the mobile phone for industry leaders Hewlett Packard, Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Orange, Vodafone, Vivo, Safaricom & Telefonica. BA in linguistics from UC Santa Cruz and MBA from Cornell. Fluent in 5 languages, lived in 5 countries.

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    Kennedy Kamau Andika
    Kenya Country Manager

    3 years experience helping launch Kenya National Bank's and Equity bank's micro finance services into rural communities. Several years experience working with NGOs such as Save the Children and ACOR ministries. A member of Kenya Red Cross, and Network for African Youth Development. Kennedy has a BA in commerce from Kenyatta University.

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    Homayoon Shahinfar
    EVP Market Development

    20 years experience developing mobile micro payment and multi-million dollar businesses in developing markets with global telecom leaders Telefonica, America Moviles, Vodafone, Orange, China Mobile, Vivo, AT&T, British Telecom and Hewlett Packard. Homayoon has lived in 4 countries, speaks 3 languages fluently, holds a BS from UC Berkeley and an MBA from MIT.

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    James Cheboi Kimisoi
    VP Western Kenya

    10 years as head of Justice & Peace in western Kenya for the Diocese of Eldoret and 3 year community project lead co-researching and piloting ways to bring portable solar energy as a pay-per-use service to rural families. James reaches 6M rural residents through 60 civil society organizations. Bachelors in Business Admin and Masters in Conflict Resolution.


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    John Vangel
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    Pavitra Kandadi

Previous Investors

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    Stima is self funded and 2 angel investors are committed to current angel round
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    Joe Black
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    Ramani Narayan