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:
“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:

 
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