Green business: Rural hub uses smart energy

A team of four young entrepreneurs in Thyolo, southern Malawi, has developed a thriving business based on renewable energy with assistance from the Smart Energy Hub initiative of Renew’N’Able Malawi, a Malawian NGO. With no connection to the national grid in their area, they installed three solar panels. Power generated is used to offer cell phone charging, rechargeable flash light rentals, a barber shop with electric razors, and a small movie theatre. Sales have been brisk, with the hub now charging 200 phones and providing 75 haircuts each week. The movie theatre has also proved popular and after just 7 months of operation the group is generating around 100,000 MK (€125) per month.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.