Battery Hacking

“Necessity is the mother of invention”

Julie Zollmann
Jan 23, 2018 · 2 min read

Far from — and sometimes right under — inaccessible power lines throughout Africa, the need for light, for charging cell phones, for listening to radios doesn’t go away. As we ventured out to understand the adoption of PAYGo solar systems for a CGAP and FIBR study, our team found that many families had already replaced dirty, stinky kerosene with batteries “hacked” into new technologies to meet some basic power needs. Below are some resourceful examples we found in Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Battery Hacking Infographic here (long-form)


FIBR stands for Financial Inclusion on Business Runways and aims to learn how to transform emerging business data about low-income individuals and link them to inclusive financial services to deepen financial inclusion and its impact. FIBR is a project of BFA in partnership with Mastercard Foundation.

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Finance for Life

BFA specializes in using finance to create solutions for low-income people around the world. We bring deep expertise in customer insights, business strategy, inclusive fintech, policy and ecosystem development to enable the next billions to strive for better lives.

Julie Zollmann

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I’m a Kenya-based researcher doing work independently & with BFA (www.bfaglobal.com). I study the economic lives of ordinary people and small businesses.

Finance for Life

BFA specializes in using finance to create solutions for low-income people around the world. We bring deep expertise in customer insights, business strategy, inclusive fintech, policy and ecosystem development to enable the next billions to strive for better lives.

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