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Access Afya

Securing off-grid electricity supply for Curafa™ points of care for integrated healthcare services to improve sustainability and continuity of healthcare in underserved populations in rural areas.

Like most emerging economies, Kenya faces major challenges regarding availability, access, affordability and awareness of healthcare, with a large proportion of the population not receiving essential health services such as maternal and child care, or infectious disease control.

Addressing such challenges requires a mix of business model innovations and the introduction of novel technologies. With PREO funding, CURAFA have embraced an innovative, sustainable business model to improve access to quality healthcare at affordable prices. CURAFA points of care is a platform for integrated primary healthcare services and a space for co-creation with fellow innovators. The CURAFA platforms are managed and operationalised by local pharmacists and nurses, who provide clinical and pharmaceutical services, powered by rooftop solar energy systems installed at the CURAFA™ facilities to ensure consistent power supply.

This joint project – Access Afya – will see five primary healthcare facilities, located in the Kajiado, Machakos and Kiambu counties, equipped with stable power supply for their general operations (light, refrigerator, TVs and wireless router) and in particular for charging tablet PCs and e-health devices which are essential tools for managing the stock and for patients’ data management.

Ultimately Access Afya aims to contribute to creating a world where primary healthcare will be available to everyone everywhere.



Simusolar is an agriculture equipment supplier focused on providing solar-powered products that have a direct and significant impact on productivity. The company’s main focus is on irrigation solutions for rural smallholder farmers in East Africa. 

Since 95% of cultivated land in the region is rain-fed and only 5% benefits from some type of agricultural water management, Simusolar’s solar-powered water pumping solutions have huge potential to increase agricultural productivity in a sustainable way. 

Through multiple years of experience working with smallholder farmers, Simusolar has identified ways to make solar-powered irrigation solutions affordable for low-income agribusinesses in Tanzania. The company offers contextually designed equipment that meets the needs of smallholder farmers, equipment financing with reasonable payback terms, and add-on productivity-enhancing services. Their innovative PAYGo platform enables customers to ‘pay as they earn’ based on their seasonally varying cashflows.

With funding from PREO, Simusolar has been able to expand its offer to a range of farmers in the coffee, horticulture, and livestock sectors in Uganda. The company has also successfully set up new partnerships with local distributors and farmer cooperatives to overcome last-mile distribution barriers.



Roam (formerly operating as Opibus) is an electric mobility company with an ambitious goal: to electrify Africa one vehicle at the time. The company aims to provide an electric alternative to the most common means of transportation in Africa – motorbike taxis, also known as “boda-bodas”. 

Cheaper and faster than taxis and minibuses, boda-bodas are a fast growing sector and one of the biggest drivers of the Kenya’s economy, providing employment for hundreds of thousands of people just in the capital city of Nairobi.

However, the current fleet of motorbikes are  poorly maintained, and inefficient, and they generate low profits for the drivers, who spend at least half of their income on petrol and maintenance costs. The motorbikes also significantly contribute to increasing local air pollution levels and global greenhouse emissions.

Roam received funding from the PREO programme to research and pilot e-mobility solutions for sustainable motorbike transportation in Kenya, as a way to improve the drivers’ net income, provide environmental friendly transportation, create green jobs and accelerate the country’s transition to zero emission vehicles.

Several payment models are being trialled to assess the uptake and long-term business model viability. One of the objectives of this pilot project is also to assess how e-motorbike production can be scaled-up in Kenya to benefit the local economy.


Lay Volunteers International Association (LVIA)

Lay Volunteers International Association (LVIA) is piloting access to innovative applications of solar energy for off-grid milk pasteurisation and cooling to generate sustainable livelihoods in climate-vulnerable pastoral regions of Northern Kenya.

Isiolo County in Northern Kenya is experiencing acute impacts from climate change, and the increasing unpredictability of rainfall has pushed many ecosystems into drought. In a bid to safeguard their livelihoods and income, Borana pastoralists have widely adopted camels as livestock, as they are a particularly drought‐tolerant species. As a result, camel milk is no longer just the dietary mainstay of subsistence herder households, but it has also now become a highly marketed commodity, increasingly linking pastoralists to rapidly growing and commercially thriving urban centres.

With support from PREO, Lay Volunteers International Association (LVIA), in collaboration with its local partners, will test the potential for introducing innovative applications of solar energy for off‐grid milk pasteurisation and cooling in order to generate sustainable livelihoods for pastoralists. Through this project LVIA aims to achieve the following key objectives:

  • Improve traditional camel milking practices, fresh milk handling processes, bulking processes and primary trading activities.
  • Set up a network of solar‐powered milk processing facilities and intermediate cold hubs, cooperatively run by women in the community.
  • Establish a solar‐powered cold chain for transport and preservation of high-quality camel milk to the milk distribution hubs of Isiolo town.
  • Develop a marketing strategy to access high‐end markets in Nairobi.