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Taz Burwaiss left a comment for Vincenzo Capogna
"Hi Vincenzo, Hope you're very well. I was wondering if you would be interested in connecting with us on twitter? @leadint We’d love to be able to work together if possible. Cheers Taz"
Jul 17, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"for PAYG the problem is even bigger because the company is supposed to pay VAT the day the sale is done on the full value of the product..."
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"Solar lamps are becoming every day cheaper and more reliable while the price of kerosene increase. So, there is a growing demand for this products and more companies are likely to enter in the market. At the same time customers of solar lights are…"
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"Unfortunately, too often governments are more in large foreign investment than in distributed solutions, an example is the energy policy proposed by the Kenyan government (1 chapter about nuclear energy and just 2 words about solar lanterns...in a…"
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"I agree with Davinia. Also, instability in terms of laws and regulations is a big problem for solution (like mini-grid) that require high investment and long pay-off. "
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"yes, at least in East Africa, for example kenya introduced VAT and importation taxes on solar last September and re-introduce the exemption for solar water heater and solar lamp this may "
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"1)  to help the market of distribute energy solutions: reducing or eliminating the taxes (VAT and importation taxes) on products like pico-solar lights and energy efficient cook stoves. 2)   To run educational campaigns about RE and…"
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"in terms of other products: rechargeable radios are very attractive one and of course also cookstoves"
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"SunnyMoney has sold more than 1M lights in East Africa and we take care of the last-mile distribution (reaching the end customer in rural and remote areas). We are expanding quickly and form last year we have started operations in Senegal. Total is…"
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"SunnyMoney distributes products form different manufacturers (d.light, green light planet, etc..) and we offer the warranty as stated by them."
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"warranty: if the product is faulty we'll replace it for free.  reparability: we repair some products but we might charge if the product has been damage by the customer's improper use  "
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"having products with warranty (2 years!) and being able to offer after-sales service is determinant in convincing the customer to invest in a new technology.  "
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"PRICING: Reducing the upfront cost of the product. For example: Unilever mini-doses of soap or the payments in installments of the PAYG solar lights.  DISTRIBUTION: leveraging existing networks and local trusted salesmen in order to reach a…"
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"Regarding working with Banks and MFIs: I found easier to work with SACCOs and MFIs because they can offer loans also on small amount (10-20USD) while for Bank such loans are not attractive."
Jun 9, 2014
Vincenzo Capogna replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Access to Energy
"for 'in housing' financing we work with partners on entry-level PAYG solar lights but we have to consider a certain default on the payments. For example: M-Kopa (PAYG solar home system) is a successful company with a repayment rate of 95%."
Jun 9, 2014

Profile Information

Job Title
Innovation Manager
Organisation
SunnyMoney / SolarAid
Sector
I work for a company, I work for a non government organisation
Website:
http://sunnymoney.org
About my work:
I'm responsible for the innovation programme at SunnyMoney, social enterprise created by the NGO SolarAid. SunnyMoney is the first distributor of pico-solar products in Africa.
Topics on my radar:
Base of the Pyramid, Environment, Inclusive Business Models, Measuring Impact, Women and Business
Other Topics on my radar:
Pico-solar, e-waste management, Pay-As-You-Go, Micro Finance

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At 12:59 on July 17, 2014, Taz Burwaiss said…

Hi Vincenzo,

Hope you're very well. I was wondering if you would be interested in connecting with us on twitter? @leadint

We’d love to be able to work together if possible.

Cheers

Taz

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