Simba Telecom is the biggest mobile phone retailer in East Africa, with more than 30 retail outlets and hundreds of mobile dealers in Uganda. In December 2010, Simba selected the Barefoot Power Firefly12 Mobile Lamp to provide phone charging capabilities.
Barefoot Power is a global, social for-profit enterprise that manufactures and distributes solar phone charging, lighting products and business development services to people at the base of the global economic pyramid. Barefoot Power has so far impacted the lives of more than 1 million people in over 20 countries. This is one of our stories.
Simba Telecom envisions a world where there is a communication device in the hand of every East African. Recognizing that the lack of electricity in rural communities often makes using a mobile phone a luxury simply because charging phones can be difficult and expensive, they surveyed the market for stand-alone solutions to phone charging.
After extensive market research, they found the Fireflytm Moble Lamp to be the best solution. It is an added benefit that it also provides safe, reliable, cheap light. Now, on the shelves, they sell the Firefly next to the Nokia. With the power of an efficient distribution model, innovative expansive retail network, talented people and data driven approach, Simba Telecom provides all East Africans with trusted, quality, high- value mobile products and services.
Simba Telecom’s consistent dedication to the growth of the industry has put them in the undeniable leadership position as ‘The Lion in Wireless.’ They are poised to improve the lives of millions of East Africans by providing access to modern communication technologies and financial services.
By choosing the Firefly Mobile Lamp, Simba empowers people to charge their phones remotely and also replaces dirty, polluting kerosene and paraffin lamps with clean solar lighting.
EAST AFRICA BENEFITS FROM BAREFOOT POWER TELECOM PARTNERSHIP:
- Enable improved communications through access to phone charging
- Improve access to ‘Simba Cash’ financial services, which provides instant money transfers by phone
- Free after-sales service for one year after purchase
“At Simba Telecom, we believe that communication is a right, not a luxury. We have been working hard since the mobile industry began in East Africa to help make this dream become a reality. Unfortunately, the lack of electricity in the rural community often makes using a mobile phone a luxury as charging phones can be difficult and expensive.”