At the moment, one in seven people in the world have no access to electricity to help them cook, keep food fresh and learn, according to figures from the International Energy Agency. And the vast majority of those off the grid live in sub-Saharan Africa and developing regions of Asia.
Solar Kiosk is a Berlin-based company looking to change the lives of people living without access to mains electricity. According to the company's website, its Solar Kiosk E-Hubb, "serves as a complete energy and business outlet for solar products, fast-moving consumer goods, and energy services."
The Solar Kiosk E-Hubb uses solar energy to provide off-grid communities with a range of services from charging their phones to purchasing perishable goods and cold drinks. As well as serving the community, the Solar Kiosk E-Hubb also offers opportunities to local businesses as franchise partners.
Andreas Spiess is the CEO of Solar Kiosk. On a film on the company's website, he outlines their philosophy. "When you fly over Africa at night it's a dark place, there's no electricity, there's no light, and that's an absurdity because during the day it's the brightest place that you can possibly think of, with so much sunlight," he said.