Ash Berman, Commercial Director @ PayGo Energy

“By promoting sustained use of clean cooking in a resource-poor, urban community… pay-as-you-go LPG is an encouraging consumer finance mechanism that can help achieve universal energy access.”

PayGo Energy (PayGo) is pleased to have participated in a recent study conducted by the University of Liverpool (UoL) and the Global LPG Partnership, as part of the CLEAN-Air(Africa) program.¹ The study found that pay-as-you-go enabled households in an informal settlement in Nairobi to maintain access to liquified petroleum gas (LPG) during times of increased financial hardship that resulted from the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Mark O’Keefe, PayGo Energy

The LPG market in Kenya is fragmented and largely informal

There are currently 227 registered companies involved in the import, transport, wholesale and retail of LPG (EPRA). But there are hundreds more ‘informal’ retailers who are not captured in this figure, many of whom operate in rural and peri-urban communities, and in informal settlements. With so many players in the market, Kenya has seen increased LPG supply (resulting from the growing number of distribution points) and lower retail costs (resulting from new entrants who are driving down prices). However, a crowded, largely informal market isn’t always a good thing for consumers.

Informal retailers often gain an…


Reflections from my year in the field with PayGo Energy’s technology team

Emmanuel Kinyanjui, PayGo Energy

The intersection outside of Mama Maria’s shop, Mukuru Kwa Reuben

It’s a Tuesday afternoon in early January. We are on a field excursion to test some new product features and as per usual, we pass by Mama Maria’s shop. Mama Maria resides in Mukuru Kwa Reuben and runs a retail store where she sells fast-moving consumer goods and cooked foodstuffs to households in the area.

As we enter her shop, we find Mama Maria on her phone, topping up her gas credit. Mama Maria’s two daughters do laps of the shop in their school uniform, savouring their afternoon break. Mama Maria greets us with a broad…


Why understanding how customers earn, spend and live is the key to expanding access to clean cooking

A customer cooks in her home using PayGo Energy’s Cylinder Smart Meter.

It’s Sunday evening and you’re doing the weekly grocery shop. Trolley in hand, you cruise up and down the aisles of your local supermarket, avoiding the junk food at all costs.

You pull into Aisle 8: Toilet Paper. You quickly survey your options. A single roll sets you back $1; but that won’t get you far. For $8 you can get a 12-pack. On a per roll basis, that’s a third less expensive. So you grab the 12-pack.

Now picture what it’s like for someone living at or below the poverty line. You might only have $10 to spend on…


The LPG market in Kenya is fragmented and largely informal

There are currently 227 registered companies involved in the import, transport, wholesale and retail of LPG (EPRA). But there are hundreds more ‘informal’ retailers who are not captured in this figure, many of whom operate in rural and peri-urban communities, and in informal settlements. With so many players in the market, Kenya has seen increased LPG supply (resulting from the growing number of distribution points) and lower retail costs (resulting from new entrants who are driving down prices). However, a crowded, largely informal market isn’t always a good thing for consumers.

Informal retailers often gain an unfair advantage through unsafe…

PayGo Energy

Supporting the growth of LPG in emerging markets through digital innovation.

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