Founded in 2013, ARED is a hard-tech as a service company (HAAS) based in Rwanda and Uganda. We developed a business in a box solar kiosk, app and software platform that empowers mostly women and people with disabilities using a micro franchise business model. We offer key services on the kiosk such as internet WIFI, intranet solutions for offline users, and phone charging services. With our app, we offer additional services such as airtime, mobile money, prepaid electricity, and tax payment services to create a one-stop shop center for our customers. On our intranet network, we offer branding capabilities for companies, data collection, and user analytics.
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Technology Impact: We have developed an intranet platform within the kiosk that will allow anyone to access digital content from our built-in server within the kiosk without having any data plan on their phone. It is a revolutionary concept that is part of our vision to develop the largest WIFI network in Africa.
Environmental Impact: Our tech uses solar energy and we have developed a recycling program to dispose of each kiosk after its life cycle.
Economic Impact: Our franchisees average between $100 and $150 net rev/month, which is twice the per capita income in Rwanda. The micro-franchisees benefit from having minimal overhead since the kiosks are 100% powered by solar panels and their mobility minimalism any need for infrastructure.
Social Impact: We provide business and technological training to ensure the success of our franchisees. A majority of our franchisees are under or unemployed and our franchise programs offer opportunities and incentives to radically reduce unemployment.
Additionally, in 2015 we started a partnership with the Red Cross to implement solar kiosks in refugee camps throughout Rwanda and have the goal of implementing kiosks in all the refugee camps throughout the world.