Zambia, like many sub-Saharan countries, faces considerable economic, health and education challenges. Access to electricity is particularly challenging, with just three percent of rural residents having access to electricity. The opportunity for micro-utility social enterprises is immense.
The installation of an energy kiosk in Filibaba, Zambia was the culmination of a two-year process of encouragement, mentorship, and finally financial support by IEEE Smart Village and its volunteers. The idea of an off-grid energy solution for the people of Filibaba began at the 2013 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference. It was there that Ms. Likonge Makai, a Zambian electrical engineer, met Dr. Robin Podmore of IEEE Smart Village. Dr. Podmore encouraged Likonge to work toward making her vision a reality.