Providing African households with affordable electricity
NOTS Solar Lamps improves the lives of African households by providing them with electricity, through a Made-in-Africa MUTIMAX Solar System (‘MSS’), consisting of a solar panel, battery, 3 lamps and charger for mobile phone and radio. To make the MSS affordable for also the lowest income households, we offer it for USD 0.60 per week for a 100-week period.
NOTS Solar Lamps is a social enterprise, founded in 2010. We started in Mali but unfortunately, we had to close down in 2015 due to the negative effects of the coup d’état in 2012. In 2014 we opened an office and hired a team in Rwanda. In 2019 we entered into an agreement with the Government of Rwanda under which we will set up a factory in Kigali for manufacturing MSS units.
Since most of the 125M African households that currently don’t have electricity (they use kerosene lamps and candles for lighting and walk to a kiosk to charge their feature phones) are low income households, we have geared our business model to provide these households with affordable electricity.
The ‘top holding’ of the NOTS organization is NOTS Foundation, a Dutch charitable foundation, founded in 2003 by Bart Hartman. In 2010, when we started selling and distributing solar systems in Mali, we founded NOTS Solar Lamps BV. In 2014 we started our activities in Rwanda. BBA Solar Loans (Rwanda) Ltd is our Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for holding and funding the loans to Rwandan households that can’t afford to pay with cash for their solar system.
MUTIMAX Solar System
MUTIMAX is the Rwandan brand of NOTS Solar Lamps. ‘Mutima’ means heart in Kinyarwanda. Currently the product range of NOTS in Rwanda consists of one product: the 3-lamp MUTIMAX Solar System (‘MSS’). NOTS sells the MSS for about USD 60, to be paid via mobile money in 100 weekly instalments of USD 0.60 each. Only one product because most of the 1.5M Rwandan households that currently don’t have electricity are well served with this MSS. It really improves their lives and it is affordable, even for the lowest income households. The MSS is Lighting Global certified.
MT NOTS Solar Lamps (Rwanda) Plc
Solange Mutezintare, COO