Cleantech Qotto embarks on development plan backed by $8M funding •

Qotto, a photo voltaic kits supplier with operations in Burkina Faso and Benin, has raised $8 million in a Collection A equity-debt spherical led by the IBL group, a billion-dollar conglomerate headquartered in Mauritius with enterprise pursuits in various sectors together with power, monetary providers, logistics, distribution, and engineering.

The Off-Grid Vitality Entry Fund (FEI-OGEF), Cordaid, and Qotto’s present buyers additionally participated within the spherical.

Qotto advised it plans to scale in present markets, and increase to Ivory Coast the place it’s set to start operations by subsequent month.

Based in 2016, Qotto designs and distributes stand-alone photo voltaic kits and lanterns to people residing within the least electrified areas of Africa. By way of a pay-to-own mannequin , it avails its merchandise to people in Sub-Saharan Africa which might be off-grid owing to underdeveloped nationwide energy grids.

“For Ivory Coast, as a result of its constant tempo of improvement relative to the broader West Africa area, and after having examined and optimized operations and providers in Benin and Burkina Faso, Qotto is nicely ready for a market entry. Furthermore, the shoppers who’ve been in a position to take a look at the Qotto merchandise within the nation, have expressed a necessity and need to see Qotto enter the Ivory Coast market,” stated Qotto co-founder and president, Jean-Baptiste Lenoir.

Qotto says IBL is drawing its roadmap for East Africa growth too, after signing a partnership and agreeing to supply off-grid options within the area. The growth, to happen by September this yr, will occur alongside that of IBL, which is planning to “to strengthen its place in East Africa and to develop its renewable energies publicity.”

“Collectively, we see an awesome alternative for the important providers and enormous Photo voltaic House Techniques choices supplied by Qotto,” stated Lenoir.

The expansion bid follows the deliberate introduction of latest merchandise available in the market, together with monetary providers and web entry hotspots, as Qotto evolves into an all-rounded important providers operator.

“Our edge is that our presence in rural areas permits us to grasp the shoppers and their wants in order that we are able to suggest modern merchandise primarily based on our technical platform,” he stated.

The deliberate monetary providers embody micro-insurance, micro-credit and micro-savings merchandise, designed in collaboration with companions akin to SUNU, a big insurer in West Africa. Qotto stated it has already bought hundreds of life insurance coverage contracts.

The web hotspots can be situated in high-foot site visitors areas just like the retailers, eating places or bars.

“In sub-Saharan Africa, 650M folks shouldn’t have entry to electrical energy. 550M shouldn’t have entry to the Web and 800M shouldn’t have entry to monetary providers. Many of those prospects are overlapping of their wants for off-grid options, connectivity and monetary providers,” stated Lenoir

“Our mannequin helps to unravel these vital points beneath a single answer – which we name “important providers”, backed by our proprietary expertise stack. As well as, we’re aligned with the SDGs to serve prospects and enhance affect indicators in our markets,” he stated.

Renewable power options by corporations like Qotto are bridging the power entry hole within the least electrified nations like South Sudan, Burundi, Chad, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Madagascar and Tanzania, all situated in sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for 75% of the world’s inhabitants with no entry electrical energy.

Qotto says its income has grown 50% yr on yr, and that it had 11,000 lively prospects by the top of final yr, which it plans to greater than double by the shut of this yr following its development plans.


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