THE ENERGY KIOSK

HERi kiosks are stand-alone buildings designed to house a range of appliances, which are charged via rooftop solar panels. Given Madagascar’s extreme weather conditions, which include both cyclones with wind speeds up to 250km/hour and severe flooding, HERi kiosks are designed to last.

In addition to being durable, the kiosks are simple to assemble and maintain, so local labor can be used in their set-up. The solar system installed with each HERi kiosk is designed for affordability, security, and sustainability, and includes only three main components, making maintenance and repair simple and expedient. Although the kiosks currently include some imported componentry and materials, HERi is in the process of designing a kiosk that is entirely made from locally available materials to ensure long-term maintenance and reduce costs.
 
énergie solaire madagascar kiosque
 

HERi Kiosks are designed to withstand winds of up to 250 km per hour, and can be constructed by local workers within 3 days. They can also be extended for additional services or for a storage purpose.


 
“I’ve worked in Egypt, Morocco, and Madagascar. The key issue is always maintenance. Therefore, this system was designed for simplicity.” So if something breaks down, we only need to replace 1 out of 3 components. A battery can be replaced in 30 minutes and a charger in less than one hour”.        
- Thomas, solar system designer -

OUR PRODUCTS

All HERi products are chosen with the aim of improving quality of life, and are high quality, affordable, and energy efficient. We look for products that can meet a wide range of needs, and can be sold or rented at an affordable price that is within the purchasing power of our target clients. Our current offered products include:
This equally bright, but more affordable alternative to the Fosera Scandle is rented out for Ar.150 (E0,05) per day and is valued for its portability.
Sun King Solo


This charging station can be used to charge lamps,cell phones, and radios. Charging a telephone costs Ar.300 (E0,10).
USB charger


This highly energy-efficient refrigerator enables entrepreneurs to sell fresh juices and yoghurt as well as to rent out space to individuals or small businesses.
STECA fridge


D-LIGHT S2


Kits BBOXX - pico solar systems


FOSERA PSHS 7000 pico solar system


FOSERA LSHS 4200 pico solar system


“Thanks to HERi, the people in my village have stopped using kerosene lamps and they don’t need to travel so far to charge their phones or radios, because they can use the services in the Kiosks.”
- Mme Mamisoa, Mahavelona -

OUR PARTNERS

As HERi works to build a sustainable network of solar-power kiosks that are rooted within communities, it also partners with national and international businesses and NGOs to broaden the services and products each kiosk offers, as well as to strengthen the skills and knowledge of its entrepreneurs. Because HERi kiosks are permanent outposts in hard-to-reach areas of Madagascar, the HERi network can also serve as a unique distribution outlet and information collection source for its partners. HERi is currently partnering with:

 
Endeva
With strategic advice and market research, Endeva helped develop the first business plan for HERi. Endeva also supported the setting up of the results tracking system and still coaches the site search team.



Taratra Association
• The Taratra Association, a NGO in Ampano, has helped HERi to identify entrepreneurs within the community, and provides the HERi entrepreneur with ongoing support in the daily kiosk management.



Ades
In its kiosks HERi offers the fuel-efficient cookstoves from the Swiss NGO Ades that allow its users to save 50% on the wood or charcoal they use for cooking.



Power Kiosk
Un projet financé par l'UE pour la mise en œuvre de 160 kiosques de puissance en Ethiopie, au Kenya et à Madagascar.



MEI



KIOSKS ARE OPERATED BY LOCAL FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS, WHO CAN RUN THEIR BUSINESSES THE WAY THEY WANT TO.

OUR ENTREPRENEURS

Energy kiosks are built in villages that HERi has evaluated across a number of factors, including how accessible the village is by road, the number of households in the community and their general purchasing power, and whether there is an existing market day, primary school, health center and phone network.

Once an area is selected for a HERi kiosk to be built, HERi identifies an entrepreneur within the community to run the kiosk. All HERi entrepreneurs must have prior experience running a business and be in good standing within the community.

 

"Becoming a HERi entrepreneur has greatly impacted my life. Now I am a respected person in my village and I know everyone. I've learned a lot about how to run a business"
- Mlle Hanitra, HERi entrepreneur in Anjanadoria -
 
HERi believes that an entrepreneur’s own motivation is key to the kiosk’s success, so HERi entrepreneurs open ‘franchises’, paying a monthly fee for the use of the building, equipment and product portfolio, but keeping all profits generated by the kiosk.

HERi supports its entrepreneurs by leading them through a three-week management course before they launch their business. Thereafter, they are coached by a sales representative , receive marketing and management coaching, and participate in regular exchanges with the other kiosk operators in the HERi network. By enabling ongoing communication between the entrepreneurs, HERi encourages its network of entrepreneurs to learn from one another and adapt together.

HERi believes in investing in the women of Madagascar, and as such, at this point all HERi entrepreneurs are female. We have seen, in our own experience and as shown in other projects in developing countries, that women have a strong sense of responsibility and make sound economic choices and we choose to use our work to support women in developing business and leadership skills.

OUR LOCATIONS

Ampano, Analamanga

RESIDENTS

70

ENTREPRENEUR

Saholy

Ampano is a village that is located close to the main capital, Antanananarivo.  After Mahavelona this is the second village where we placed a kiosk. It is the smallest village where HERi is present, but with a well-organized delivery system to reach the multiple hamlets around. 
Anjanadoria, Analamanga

RESIDENTS

345

ENTREPRENEUR

Hanitra

The village of Anjanadoria is surrounded by 12 hamlets. With this hamlets included this is the biggest surface that HERi is reaching with one kiosk. The main crops people are growing in this surrounding are tomatoes and onions.
Mahavelona, Analamanga

RESIDENTS

170

ENTREPRENEUR

Mamisoa

The very first HERi kiosk is opened in this village. Maybe the most known village in the region. Because its location a lot of rural people have to pass through. Furthermore you will find a lot of artisanal activities in Mahavelona.
Miantso, Analamanga

RESIDENTS

333

ENTREPRENEUR

Sylvia

Until now Miantso is the most hard to reach among the HERi villages. During rainy seasons it is almost impossible to reach this village by car. Every Thursday the village is floated with people from the region, because of its weekly big market.
Marondry, Analamanga

RESIDENTS

627

ENTREPRENEUR

Nathalie

This village is the most far away from the capital. It is not only the most isolated but, with its 3500 inhabitants, also the biggest and the richest village among HERi villages. Due the fact that they are the only one which has 3 rice-harvest time per year.
Avaratsena, Analamanga

RESIDENTS

483

ENTREPRENEUR

Sahondra

This village has according to the other HERi villages the highest purchasing power. It is located in a hallucinating landscape full of relief. In the region of Analamanga, Avaratsena is known of its union production.
Ambohitromby, Analamanga

RESIDENTS

302

ENTREPRENEUR

Hanitra

In terms of yearly income Ambohitromby is the poorest among the HERi villages. The main products that are grown in the village are rice and onion. Harvest starts every beginning of May.
Ambohimandry, Itasy

RESIDENTS

120

ENTREPRENEUR

Mme. Julie

Although the actual village of Ambohimandry only counts 120 households, the village has many hamlets in its direct surroundings. This, combined with its market day, which is one of the largest in the region, makes it a village with a lot of potential. The village is also a big producer of ‘Taro’, a type of root vegetable.
 
Sarobaratra, Itasy

RESIDENTS

400

ENTREPRENEUR

Melle Fatratra

Alatsinainikely, Itasy

RESIDENTS

21

ENTREPRENEUR

Melle RALENISOA

Ambodifarihy, Vakinankaratra

RESIDENTS

22

ENTREPRENEUR

Melle Ony

Ambatoasana, Itasy

RESIDENTS

22

ENTREPRENEUR

Melle Lydia

Masindray, Itasy

RESIDENTS

200

ENTREPRENEUR

Harintsoa

Ambatotsipihina, Vakinankaratra

RESIDENTS

220

ENTREPRENEUR

Nivomahefa

Antoby-Est, Itasy

RESIDENTS

150

ENTREPRENEUR

Mlle Faniry

Tamponala, Bongolava

RESIDENTS

200

ENTREPRENEUR

Mme Nadia

Antambolo, Itasy

RESIDENTS

200

ENTREPRENEUR

Mlle Salohy

Ambohipandrano, Itasy

RESIDENTS

200

ENTREPRENEUR

Mme Lalaina

Antakasina, Vakinankaratra

RESIDENTS

200

ENTREPRENEUR

Mme Tamby

Ankadinondry-Sakay, Bongolava

RESIDENTS

5000

ENTREPRENEUR

Ms. Felana

Tsinjoarivo, Bongolava

RESIDENTS

5000

ENTREPRENEUR

Ms. Lala

Ambararatabe, Bongolava

RESIDENTS

5000

ENTREPRENEUR

Ms. Jacqueline

Analavory, Itasy

RESIDENTS

5000

ENTREPRENEUR

Ms. Holy

Miarinarivo, Itasy

RESIDENTS

5000

ENTREPRENEUR

Ms. Lea

Soavinandriana Itasy, Itasy

RESIDENTS

50000

ENTREPRENEUR

Ms. Fehizoro