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With grid power costly and patchy, race is on to find innovative ways for households to buy solar equipment

Source: FEATURE-Affordable solar schemes light way to energy for all in Zimbabwe

It is time to change the perception of Africa as an unattractive market, where the only investment opportunity is charity. Creative business models (like pay-as-you-go or rent-to-buy systems) can offset entry difficulties and make companies thrive.

With a large, young population, corporations with innovative proposals may find in the continent an alternative to saturated Western markets. For local communities, an increase of offer would mean more affordable goods and more widespread access to technologies that can improve their lifestyles exponentially.

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