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Our story

Mbegu Solar started in 2018 as “Solar4Schools” after our founder Yang learned during a field visit in Kenya that many people have no access to clean and reliable electricity. After conducting more than 500 interviews it became clear that people are struggling to self-finance their solar transition, leaving them forced to use diesel generator, kerosene and firewood as an energy source, which is expensive, unreliable and adds to global green house emissions. This made us think – what if we could turn this challenge into a sustainable business opportunity?

After returning to Lund University in Sweden, where Yang was studying at the time, our team started brainstorming. That’s how the idea MbeguSolar was born: planting a solar seed that empowers people not only solar energy but an economic opportunity for long lasting change. Then, just as we were planning our first pilot, the global corona pandemic hit and schools throughout Kenya were shut down.  But instead of putting our project on hold, we looked for other potential customer groups and quickly realised that local micro-enterprises, farmers and women’s self-help groups, to name but a few, were also looking for ways to tap into new economic opportunities.

In summer 2021, we launched the MVP1.0 in two regions in Kenya and formally established our first partnership with international stakeholders. Accordingly, the MbeguSolar model has been evolved from the B2C model to the B2B model focusing on partnerships. 

Fast forward to 2022, we plan to expand the partnerships leveraging their existing networks. Over the past two years, we have built up our diverse team of technical, business and sustainability experts, moved into our main office in Lund (Sweden) and sales office in Nairobi (Kenya). We can’ t wait to see what the future holds for us.

 

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