Economic development impact

Our business in a box solar kiosk solution enables business opportunities by delivering key services such as airtime, mobile money, and digital content to customers at theBase of the Pyramid(BOP) and its potential is limitless.  The one stop shop structure can transform communities and reduce the influx of youth to urban areas through its opportunities.

This economic development model can be extended in refugee camps. Beyond aid to tackle humanitarian crises, a more sustainable model needs to be put in place to curb crime and poverty in refugee camps so we can finally view refugees as contributors to economic development rather than dependents on the host countries. ARED offers a perfect micro-solution that could be easily implemented and which offers tremendous opportunity for both recipients and for the refugee community.

Social Impact

ARED’s recruitment of micro- franchisees focuses on the most vulnerable communities such as women and persons with disabilities. We believe that by increasing access to low cost business opportunities, we can enable the economic and social development of BOP communities. With an African population that will double in the next decade or so, a high unemployment rate among the youth, and an increased in flux of populations to urban areas governments will face major challenges and innovative business models will be the key to solve those challenges.

Training and Monitoring

Training has proven to be the corner stone to our success. All ARED micro-franchisees receive extensive business and technological training – creating knowledge that is then shared with the community. Training workshops cover topics such as business management, customer service, information on local taxes and regulation, financial basics, Point-of-Sale systems, and recycling of waste. 

 

Enabling and empowering people, is most effective through autonomous micro-business solutions that foster local know-how, as opposed to forming dependencies and knowledge monopolies.

Access to digital content

We estimate that 70% of the population has access to a cell phone but less than 10% have access to the internet. The digital revolution has been slowed by the lack of access to affordable internet especially in semi urban and rural areas. For communities making less than $5 a day, access to internet has been out of reach for so many. Our technology facilitates access to educational, health and other relevant content for these communities, at no cost to the end user; therefore, democratizing the digital content revolution