Ploumen visits Virtual Grid in Rwanda

WakaWaka’s prepaid solar power service launched in Rwanda just two weeks ago. The prepaid WakaWaka works through weekly payments, much like a prepaid mobile phone. After a one-time deposit on the WakaWaka Power, weekly scratch cards are bought to activate the unit. The code on the scratch card, along with a unique code from the WakaWaka Power, is sent by text to a free local service number. A text is instantly returned containing an activation code to use the WakaWaka for one week.

This means low upfront costs and easy access to solar power. The results: children can study at night, no fumes from candles, no kerosene burns and the opportunity to earn money by charging phones.