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Off Grid Electric CEO Xavier Helgesen speaks at President Obama's 7th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Off Grid Electric CEO Xavier Helgesen speaks at President Obama's 7th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Last week, two of our founders simultaneously took the stages at President Obama’s 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Palo Alto and Africa Energy Forum in London to discuss our evolving sector. It was an exciting moment to be among so many impressive entrepreneurs, innovators, and industry leaders from around the world.

But the truth is, we’re surrounded by inspiring entrepreneurs through our work every day. Our customers are constantly building businesses whether it be a small farm, local shop or phone charging station. 

Grace is able to keep her shop open at night with solar, dramatically increasing her earnings

Grace is able to keep her shop open at night with solar, dramatically increasing her earnings

That’s why, on Wednesday our CEO Xavier announced the launch of Kazi na Zola (“Work with Zola” in Swahili), a new full suite of solar appliances designed to help rural entrepreneurs create successful businesses and generate income.

We know that nearly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, and the electrification rate can be as low as 14.2% in rural areas. It’s one of the biggest obstacles to entrepreneurs growing their businesses in the region. With Kazi na Zola, a “business in a box” solution, local self- starters the tools they need to run their businesses – whether a barbershop, charging shop, bar, or restaurant – completely on solar.

You can read more about our announcement in this Forbes story and this piece on NPR. Xavier also penned a Medium post on the power of energy to combat poverty.

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