Retail Innovations

The pace of innovation in financial products and services in Kenya is fast. Here you can browse a comprehensive and up to date catalogue of technology-enabled retail financial products in the Kenyan market. 

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Retail innovations
August 2015

Energy Hub

Angaza manages a cloud-based PAYG software platform called the Energy Hub, which integrates directly with mobile money platforms (like M-Pesa) and provides a suite of online services to help distributors manage and streamline PAYG financing of solar energy systems. It also works directly with manufacturers to develop custom PAYG hardware solutions that are optimized for […]

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Retail innovations
August 2015

BB17 Solar Kit

The BB17 Solar Kit uses a GSM remote monitoring system to monitor performance and usage.  The system also has the ability to switch the solar kit off, which helps reduce the risk of default.  Mobile enabled payment solutions and cloud-based customer management interact with the solar systems in the field to offer energy as a […]

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Retail innovations
August 2015

Sun Transfer PAYG charge controller

Sun Transfer developed and piloted mulitple pay-as-you-go (PAYG) charge controllers for their large solar home systems.  They started with a RFID-card system with a point of service device, but have transitioned to a “CODE” system in both Ethiopia and Kenya. This new platform allows the customer to input SMS-codes entered via a handheld infrared device.

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Retail innovations
August 2015

Mobisol Solar Home Systems

Mobisol is a pay-as-you-go smart solar home solutions firm that combines solar energy with an affordable payment plan via mobile phone, comprehensive customer service and innovative remote monitoring technology. Mobisol provides solar home systems to low income customers. The systems are networked via GSM/GPRS module and panel-mounted technology, which allows for tracking of technical data and […]

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Retail innovations
August 2015

Okoa Stima

Okoa Stima allows Kenyans to get electricity from Kenya Power Lighting Company (KPLC) when they need it then pay for it within seven days at a fee of of 10 per cent of the amount borrowed. With the service, Safaricom subscribers can borrow any amount they require based on a predetermined limit given by their historical […]

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Retail innovations
August 2015

Stima Bora Loan

Stima Bora is a mobile app for loan application and processing for Kenyans seeking to obtain power connections from KPLC. Upon approval of loan applications, Jamii Bora Bank issues confirmation letters to Kenya Power for the connection process to commence. A mobile app for loan application and processing for Kenyans seeking to obtain power connections […]

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Retail innovations
August 2015

Airtel Insurance

Airtel Kenya has partnered with Pan Africa Life Assurance Limited and MicroEnsure to launch a free insurance product which will offer Airtel customers in Kenya life, accident and hospitalization insurance with increasing benefits based on their monthly airtime usage. The product, which is tagged Airtel Insurance is packaged to deliver affordable insurance services and encourage insurance culture among Kenyans. The […]

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Retail innovations
July 2015

M-KOPA III solar home systems

M-Kopa is a mobile venture aiming at making it simpler and more affordable for Kenyans to acquire productive assets. The key to the M-Kopa solution is financial transactions facilitated via the mobile phone and easy and secure monitoring of the assets being acquired by the clients. An interesting benefit of this model is a flurry […]