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To empower rural population access affordable, reliable and modern PAYG solar home systems and create their own solar village enterprises



With a population of 12 Millions, population growth rate of 2.5% and 97.3% not having access to electricity but relying on kerosene lighting, SHINE and its technical partners (GreenLight Planet, Omnivoltaic, MaxLite Ltd and BOS balance of storage systems AG) and managerial partners (Energy for All and Managers without borders Germany), wants to initially provide 400 solar home systems and empower these beneficiairies to create their own solar village enterprises to own and grow/expand the business under our unique and innovative business solutions such PAYG (rent to own), solar network saving-lending-investing (SNSLI), solar solidarity groups and growth/expansion formula (each client bringing on board new additional 5 committed clients yearly) (Total number of installations after n years = 1500x6 exhibitor (n-1); n represents the number of years).

This initial number have already expressed their great determination through written demands and they are among the already 6,000 individuals trained by SHINE; they are also ready sign contracts with SHINE and are able to pay monthly between 7 to 30 $US dollars. These people are owning their home and are teachers, policemen, soldiers, farmers, living in the city of Bujumbura, and in the provinces of Bujumbura Rural and Cibitoke of Burundi.

This project is supporting the Burundi power program, the SE4ALL, SDG’s (goals 1, 3, 7, 10, 13) and will help reduce diseases due to kerosene, beneficiairies build decent shelters, educate their children and have medical care. It will also reduce the unemployment among mainly youth and women and single mothers while reducing migration to overseas and urban areas. It will create wealth to families and the nation. It will bring youth to become financially independent and reduce violence, political conflicts, evil of all sorts such as prostitution, drug adduction.

Is this proposal for a practice or a project?


What actions do you propose?

The actions will be:

-          Purchasing the solar home systems from our technical partners

-          The software system be installed

-          Putting the clients' profiles into the data

-          Solar academy: to provide knowledge, training for community renewable energy, climate change, solar business, entrepreneurship and technical skills

-          Equip each household in the targeted areas with a solar-powered home system, with a radio and/or TV)

-          Establish the SSG, SNSLI and SVE

-          Push for wider integration of mobile money technology penetration in Burundi in partnership with key strategic partners

-          After sale services, Evaluation, monitoring, follow up and reporting

Who will take these actions?

Current Chairman of the Board: Jean-de-Dieu Basabakwinshi holds an architect and engineer degree from Nantes/France and runs IMATCO company (a petroleum company).

Executive Director: Jean-marie Nibizi holds a degree in community development and is self-trained in the fields of peacebuilding, leadership and renewable energy (solar, hydro and biofuel). He travels a lot in Africa, Europe, Asia and USA, sharing his experience, deepening his insights and skills and connecting with other like-minded leaders. He is working with UNECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) in renewable energies.

Director of Administration and Finances: Jeanne Nijimbere is currently studying Economics Faculty, at the Sagesse d’Afrique University. From 2011, she joined SHINE as Administrative and Financial Director, in charge of human resources and finances management.

Director of Operations: BARASUKANA Nestor holds a Bachelor’s dergree in laws from University of Burundi. He joined SHINE in 2001 as Director of Legal Affairs; then from 2011, he is Director of Operations.

Director of Marketing, Research and Business Development: MUSANIWABO Christella holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication for Development from Light University of Bujumbura (2015). She then joined SHINE as Director of Marketing, Research and Business Development.

Advisory Team: They are giving useful managerial, human resources and financial vital advises. It is Dr. Daniel Gifondorwa (USA) and DembaDiop (Netherlands).

The Field Support Team: Niragira Melance supervising Cibitoke province, Fabien Ntibazonkiza supervising Bujumbura mayorship and Ndayishimiye Jean-Pierre supervising Bujumbura Rural province.

Where will these actions be taken?

This action will be taken in Burundi, Africa; in the provinces of Bujumbura, Bujumbura Rural and Cibitoke; for 400 initial customers, who have already expressed their great determination through written demands and they are among the already 6,000 individuals trained by SHINE; they are also ready to sign contracts with SHINE and are able to pay monthly between 7 to 30 $US dollars. These people are owning their home and are teachers, policemen, soldiers, farmers.


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What impact will these actions have on greenhouse gas emissions and/or adapting to climate change?

- Reduction of CO2 emissions: In 3 years,  172800 solar home systems, with 1674.25 kw that will reduce 4,939 metric tons of CO2 emissions

- For those in solar village enterprises, family savings and income per year: 400$US

- For those using only solar home systems, family savings per year: 120$US

What are other key benefits?

- Creation of jobs in rural locations

- Reduction of diseases related to kerosene

- Climate change mitigation

-Reduction of migration to overseas and urban locations

-Mobile penetration

-School performance improvment

-Night safety

-Peace: social cohesion reinforces


What are the proposal’s projected costs?

- Purchase products (solar home systems, software, accessories, radios and TVs): 300,000 $US

-Shipment, Taxes, Logistics, Salaries, Office, ...): 200,000 $US

TOTAL: 500,000 $US


- In 1-15 years: 3 Million solar home systems installed with huge CO2 emissions reduction, 500 solar village enterprises created and many rural jobs, the first Green Microfinance established to continually provide loans to similar projects and solar village enterprises. 

About the author(s)

Jean-Marie Nibizi is the Founder and Executive Director for SHINE in 2002 to empower Burundians solve these repetitive endemic ethnic crisis, war and extreme poverty. He has over 14 years of experience with teaching peace building, reconciliation, human rights, trauma healing, renewable energy solar, hydro and bioenergy, entrepreneurial skills and creating clean social community entrepreneurial businesses (SCEB) around solar light systems, planting moringa trees and liquid biofuel. He is fluent in English, French, Swahili, and Kirundi and has written training manuals and translated English books in Kirundi, his native language. He is traveling a lot in Africa, Europe, Asia and USA, sharing his experience, deepening his insights and skills, connecting with other like-minded leaders and growing SHINE.

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