Henri Nyakarundi — Kigali, Rwanda

In February I met Henri Nyakarundi and his cool solar kiosk startup — ARED. A Rwandan who grew up in Burundi, he went to college in the USA and learned from his mistakes with early startups. On a trip home in 2009, he imagined that solar kiosks could offer convenient, low cost phone charging. He franchises the kiosks, giving people with no capital a chance to start their own business, free of rent and costly electricity. Stay tuned for more on Henri and our friends at African Entrepreneur Collective, who give him business advice in Kigali.

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