Pilot projects for better outreach
Since 2013, we have been conducting field tests in seven Asian and African countries (India, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia), in collaboration with ten partners involved in various fields (NGOs, cooperatives and SMEs).
These tests have not only indicated that there is a high demand for our products among consumers and partners, but have also helped to define the necessary steps for large-scale distribution, particularly with regard to the integrated micro-financing tool and demonstrating the economic viability of the process.
An innovative progressive payment system
An adequate micro-financing tool is definitely a key success factor for large-scale distribution and ensuring a strong socio-economic impact.
OOLUX includes a progressive payment management system, allowing sales of the product through three distribution levels. The payment system is deployed in Cameroon via the Solar Square project with our partner, Solafrica.
- Client: OOLUX is activated for a period corresponding to the amount of payment made. The information is recorded in the computer system.
- Seller: a smartphone application is used to activate OOLUX, which sends sales information to the web portal.
- Distributor: the web portal associated with the OOLUX application allows the user to track sales in real time.
The programme has received financial support from the Symphasis Foundation, the Swiss Confederation through REPIC – its programme aimed at promoting renewable energies in the context of international cooperation – the NEXANS Foundation, the City of Geneva and the Republic and District of Geneva.
Since 2015, we have been running a distribution programme together with our partner Solafrica in Cameroon.
Many other partners offer their support at various levels (technical, design, assembly, strategy, etc), including Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), Flink, CSS Group, PRO Entreprise Sociale, RAVInvest, MSD Consulting, Caritas Switzerland and E3 Associates.