Phone Charging Micro-businesses in Tanzania and Uganda

Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP), a non-profit organization that works to increase access to modern energy and reduce poverty in developing countries, published in a report in September on phone charging businesses in Tanzania and Uganda. The report, Phone Charging Micro-businesses in Tanzania and Uganda, looked at local micro-entrepreneurs trained in establishing and running phone charging services using solar PV panels and providing a much needed service to mobile customers in rural areas who would otherwise have to travel long distances to charge their phones. Over the last two years GVEP has been providing technical and business training and helping the solar phone charging entrepreneurs secure micro-finance loans.