Ethiopia – International architecture practice Graft has developed the SolarKiosk, a mobile business space designed to provide affordable energy, products, tools and services to rural communities and residents of off-grid locations in Ethiopia.
Using compact and sustainable solar panels, the kiosk can generate enough power to run lighting, mobile phones, a car battery charger, a computer and a fridge.
Intended for assembly at onsite rural locations, the SolarKiosk is delivered as a lightweight kit to be constructed using local materials such as bamboo, wood and recycled goods. The kiosk offers jobs and training for local residents on how to operate and maintain the units, and how to run a sustainable business.
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