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Sameer Hajee
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Sameer Hajee, Nuru Energy Group, Mauritius
Nuru Energy co-created a unique off-grid recharging platform that uses human power to recharge both Nuru Energy’s portable LED Lights as well as radios and mobile phones.

Nuru Energy deploys its innovative technology via a network of micro-franchises operated by village level entrepreneurs (VLEs), who sell Nuru Lights and then provide recharging services for a small fee. Nuru Energy identifies, selects, and trains VLEs from local cooperatives who, once trained, receive a loan of 50 Lights from one of Nuru Light’s microfinance partners.

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The Building Blocks of Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Over five years ago, two simple ideas had been developed and were slowly but surely taking hold around the world - mobile money and crowd-funding. Little did we know then that what we were building at Nuru Energy would rely on the existence of these two innovations to stand a...

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Scaling Up Social Innovation - Lessons Learned

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 5:26 PM

In 2012, after 3 years of improving our technology and our business model, we finally started to scale beyond the pilot. To be honest, scale-up hasn't been easy. We have encountered just as many challenges in the last year as we did in the first 3 years of operation -...

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