Partnering with Elephant Energy and USAID to Create Digital Kerosene

Partnering with Elephant Energy and USAID to Create Digital Kerosene

We are honored to be working again with our friends at Elephant Energy, a Colorado-based nonprofit, working in Northern Namibia. Congrats on the award of a second-stage investment from DIV, USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures.

This $500,000 grant will assist Elephant Energy and its partner, divi, Inc. as they increase access to solar products in off-grid markets in Namibia and Zambia in Southern Africa. This innovative product uses Bluetooth and lamp-to-lamp transfer of payments to allow customers to pay off the cost of a solar product in affordable installments.

The Creating Digital Kerosene Project will spread access to energy in Namibia and Zambia, where the need for clean, safe, and affordable energy alternatives is both urgent and growing. In Namibia, over 85% of
the rural population does not have access to electricity and in Zambia, nearly 97% of rural households lack access. USAID DIV’s Stage 2 funding will support Elephant Energy’s full-scale role out of divi-enabled products across a distribution network of over 100 sales agents and shops in Namibia and Southern Zambia, with the goal of lighting 16,000 homes over the next two years.

Read the full press release about the project here.


For nearly 20 years, Joellen has been involved with development (over, under, and in between) in the role of NGO founder and director, ICTD practitioner, and activist. She began 2013 in Namibia on a l

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