ARED Micro Franchise Program

The ARED micro franchise business model is a business in a box solution with a smart solar kiosk used for selling services at a fee. It’s a way to provide people at the base of the pyramid, especially women, refugees and persons with disabilities, opportunities to earn a living as micro entrepreneurs.
2017Rwanda

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
DeliveryAfrican Renewable Energy Distributor LTDSkills for WorkUpper secondaryBachelor or equivalent

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The ARED micro franchise business model is a business in a box solution with a smart solar kiosk used for selling services at a fee. It’s a way to provide people at the base of the pyramid, especially women, refugees and persons with disabilities, opportunities to earn a living as micro entrepreneurs. The program provides a 3-day training and then leases a kiosk with an android based mobile application so beneficiaries can earn a living selling services.

The kiosks are found in urban, semi-urban and rural high traffic areas where you can acquire services like: Phone charging, virtual top-up for mobile airtime, payment for bills of TV subscription, electricity and payment of taxes and government services. All these services accumulate a monthly commission for the micro entrepreneur as his or her income. The mobile app provides them access to the ARED Mobile Shiriki platform where the services sold are acquired from, this also allows for easy monitoring and assistance and support to the micro entrepreneurs.

In this model the micro entrepreneurs use the kiosks as their addresses or premises of business. Most importantly each kiosk comes with an inbuilt Wi-Fi router that has internet and intranet for clients within a 50-meter radius from the kiosk, this Wi-Fi network provides clients with affordable access to internet and information which can provide educational content.  

A business in a box solar kiosk to provide key services, such as charging phones, airtime, internet connectivity, for low income people in rural and semi urban areas using a micro franchise business model combine with a build in IOT technology.Getting licensing on the data collection and cloud storage approval from government.

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