Jiro-VE: Making renewable energy accessible through a network of franchisees

Access to clean energy

Jiro-VE offers an energy service which makes brighter, cleaner and safer energy products available for less than their members used to spent on candles.

Unique franchise model

Our energy service is provided by a decentralized dedicated team of local entrepreneurs equipped with solar solarsystems. They earn a good and stable income while receiving ongoing support to further grow their impact providing access to clean energy to their own communities.

Schoolprogram

Jiro-VE partners with local and international organizations to electrify schools to provide our clean energy service to the students. Part of the revenue supports the school association.

Access to clean energy

Clean energy for half the cost of a candle

Jiro-VE believes access to clean energy is a basic right no matter what your purchasing power is. To accomplish universal energy access Jiro-VE has developed a model which centers around providing energy as a service. What this means is that our members receive a fully recharged clean energy product which is delivered to their doorstep every day. For this service our members pay half of what they used to pay for a candle that would emit smoke, create a great risk for fire and give very little light.

With our clean energy products we change our members their lives for the better empowering them with better security, cleaner and safer houses and additional business opportunities.

Number of members

16000

Total number of beneficiaries

80000

Our products

Powerpacks to power wide range of appliances affordably and on the go

Starting of with just solarlights more recently Jiro-VE has expanded it´s product range with it´s own products. Based on it´s own experience and in depth knowledge of the market Jiro-VE translated this into the development of it´s PowerPack line. These are two types of powerbanks each with their own capacity that can power lights, charge phones or play radio.

What makes this product unique is that it is specifically designed to be mobile. For a country in where people usually use their house just for sleeping and spent the majority of their time outside this we believe will be key in helping to power the next generation to fully enjoy the advantages clean energy got to offer..

An unique franchise model

Empowering local entrepreurs

Our own very story of Jiro-VE is a reflection of what it means to start a business with little resources and scaling it over time. In Madagascar there is no lack of entrepreneurship but the opportunities to scale their operations are often hampered by lack of education, access to capital and products of poor quality. As Jiro-VE we have developed into the immense potential the human capital provides giving local entrepreneurs the opportunity to flourish and prosper.

How we accomplish this is by deploying an unique franchise model which on one hand relies on the local entrepreneur to find the customers and have a shared passion for impact with us. While on the other hand as Jiro-VE we provide the support with high quality solar equipment, training and continuous follow up to ensure our franchisees can reach their maximum potential while earning a great and stable income doing so.

Number of Franchisees

100

Total number of jobs created

180

Decentralized solar charging stations

Our smart energy charger

The great majority of people that still lack access to clean energy often live in remote areas, have little purchasing power and not always live in a house which is favorable to install solar on.

To ensure entire communities can benefit of clean energy despite the challenges above Jiro-VE has developed a model of decentralized solar charging stations which can be tailored exactly to each specific geographic location and to the market demand.

To further automate our last mile distribution network Jiro-VE has digitized it´s charging process and processing of customer data by developing a ´pay as you go´ enabled charger which keeps track of products recharged and can be controlled an monitored from a distance allowing Jiro-VE.

Our schoolprogram

powering the next generation

To ensure future generations will benefit of the advantages of clean energy Jiro-VE has partnered up with local and international NGO to electrify schools. Often these schools lack access to high quality educational materials and students need to do their homework by candlelight. When a school is electrified children can watch educational videos on the screens installed in the classrooms and have proper light in the classroom during the class.

Once the classes are finished the same solar-system that powers the school has been used to recharge solar lanterns which the schoolchildren can take home and use to do their homework. This model ensure both at school as at home both the students as their parents get to benefit of the advantages of clean energy.

Given that the school is the place where a new generation is educated it is of the greatest importance to teach about the importance of preserving the environment and what role they can play especially in Madagascar which holds one of the richest biodiversity in the world. Ensuring the school uses clean energy is a vital first step in this process.

Number of schools electrified

5

Number of students with clean energy

750

Future potential

Importance of strategic partnerships

Schools provide a unique starting point to create a new generation of conscious consumers who want to do the best for their direct environment and the planet as whole. As Jiro-VE we very much realize that this however is a challenge that is bigger than we can solve just on our own.

Our partnerships with both local NGO´s as international ones have showed us the true potential of when non-profit elements like education and access to basic facilities are combined with Jiro-VE´s model. Together they create a model which addresses all the basic needs of the school while providing a long term sustainability of the project with part of the revenue generated by the Jiro-VE service model re-investing back into the school.

To further scale this model Jiro-VE is continuously looking for more partners that want to create this impact together in our mission to make sure the generation that will be affected most by climate change are among the first beneficiaries of clean energy and will be empowered to use this experience for the better.

Jiro-VE´s data platform

Data driven solutions

To ensure future generations will benefit of the advantages of clean energy Jiro-VE has partnered up with local and international NGO to electrify schools. Often these schools lack access to high quality educational materials and students need to do their homework by candlelight. When a school is electrified children can watch educational videos on the screens installed in the classrooms and have proper light in the classroom during the class.

Once the classes are finished the same solar-system that powers the school has been used to recharge solar lanterns which the schoolchildren can take home and use to do their homework. This model ensure both at school as at home both the students as their parents get to benefit of the advantages of clean energy.

Given that the school is the place where a new generation is educated it is of the greatest importance to teach about the importance of preserving the environment and what role they can play especially in Madagascar which holds one of the richest biodiversity in the world. Ensuring the school uses clean energy is a vital first step in this process.

Entrepreneurs trained in IT skills

70

% of customer climbing our energy ladder

70

About Us

Jiro-VE´s Story

Jiro-VE, which in Malagasy means; ´do you want light? we got light!´, has been incorporated in 2014. This was after 2 years of bootstrapping the organisation during which a first proof of concept was established. By finding the first franchisee in Sakay and proving that he successfully could rent lights to his community, we found the solution for how to serve a market of customers earning less than 2$ a day with clean energy.

We are grateful for our history as we believe till today this same bottom up lean start up approach towards entrepreneurship is instilled throughout out entire organisations. The continuous process of more entrepreneurs that are still put in business and who we help to increase their impact proudly serving our members with clean energy solutions every day is a testimony to this.

To ensure universal access to clean energy Jiro-VE wants to ensure that especially the hardest to reach and most disadvantaged communities who often are affected most by climate change will get this access and will continue to work on innovative and disruptive technologies and models that will achieve this.

Partners

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Clean energy access takes all of us

In today´s world it is no longer relevant where you live as everyone in some way is affected by climate change. But in the same way we are also connected in the solutions that we develop which affect everyone positively no matter where they are deployed. Jiro-VE strives to make it´s impact as transparent and measurable as possible to ensure we can create meaningful partnerships with clear common goals and objectives. Jiro-VE is continuously looking for new partners that share our mission and want to work together with us to help us accomplish it.

If you want to learn more or find out how you can partner with us we strongly invite you to reach out to us.


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