There are many creative people in our environment these days, they are simply not resting as they are looking for means of inventing new products that will change the lives of people around.
If you are one of those people who enjoy lazying around, this piece will move you to action.
Henri Nyakarundi has done something remarkable in Rwanda. This young man did not allow the negative societal forces to distract him. He was born to refugee parents from Rwanda who had to move from Burundi to the United States because of the civil war.
The computer science graduate at Georgia state university started doing his own thing when he was 19. The thought of having to work for anyone has never appealed to him; thus, being an entrepreneur was the way forward.
He created a solar-powered mobile kiosk that can charge many phones at a time. This invention of his has received many energy innovation awards and grants from corporations like Microsoft.
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What led to this innovation was the need to solve problems and help people. Nyakarundi recognised a need that was yet to be met when he travelled to Rwanda. He discovered that many people struggle with charging their phones.
The study carried out in that area shows that majority of the people living in Rwanda own a cellphone even though a small percentage of them have access to electricity.
The first sketch made by the entrepreneur showed a solar-powered kiosk that can be moved round by a bicycle while charging up to 80 phones. This sketch became a business plan when Nyakarundi used his company, African Renewable Energy Distributor, to lease the kiosks to agents.
This company operates under a micro-franchising system; in this kind of system, money is being made mobile charging and the sales of add-ons like prepaid electricity, government certificates and mobile credit.
The entrepreneur has moved back to Rwanda ever since the launch of the prototype; he has been able to make a social impact on people's lives through the creation of this solar-power cart.
At the moment, there are 25 solar-power kiosks operating in Rwanda; he placed many of them in the rural areas where people need to connect with the world outside. This business has been in existence for four years and the inventor is ready to step up. He has the dream of having up to 800 kiosks in place within the next two years.
Nyakarundi knows that expanding the business will give him the chance to help more people. He wants to hire people who are in dire need of jobs. The agents who want the solar carts will first make a payment of $100. Afterwards, they will pay $200 in installments.
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Existing vendors realise between $38-$107 a month. In Rwanda, this amount is enough to maintain a family.
The interesting thing to note about Nyakarundi's business is that micro franchisees that are women or disabled get a free opportunity to be an agent. According to him, women are vulnerable and do not have access to funds the way men do.
He also knows that it will take serious monitoring in order for the system to survive going by this plan. Those who are willing to be agents have to be 25 years of age and above, they will also need recommendation letters from their community head.
Those who are not performing as expected will be removed from the scheme. He is deeply concerned about the disables who cannot move around much and also have responsibilities to meet up with at the same time.
Some people are not relenting in their efforts too when it comes to making inventions. They use whatever they can lay their hands on to make unique objects that meet the needs of the society.
The intriguing thing about the inventors here is that some of them do not have access to education.