Afimoney, as part of its continuous efforts in transforming Sierra Leone into a leading financial digital hub within the Sub Region, on Wednesday 17th August 2022, at its Wilberforce Headquarters, signed a partnership agreement with Easy Solar, a leading solar energy provider in Africa.
Abdul Aziz Kamara, Africell Head of Events, in his opening statement, stated that Africell has always committed to providing reliable, quality and affordable services, and in doing so, they must partner with quality service providers in all sectors, adding that Easy Solar is one of those companies that provides quality and affordable services in the energy sector.
Theresa Jane Wright, Afrimoney Marketing Supervisor, in her statement, said that as a company they are passionate about delivering good services to the people of Sierra Leone, adding that they are excited to have Easy Solar as a partner and that this venture will improve every life of Sierra Leoneans, and are grateful to be part of the journey to make green power accessible to everyone.
Easy Solar has been in Sierra Leone for a while and has been playing a great role in helping Sierra Leoneans to get access to electricity.
Nlhabiseng Mosia, Chief Commercial Officer and Co-founder of Easy Solar stated that access to electricity is a fundamental Human Right, and should be prioritised. She furthered that the vision and aims of Easy Solar are to make sure that every Sierra Leonean has access to energy. Nlhabiseng disclosed that Easy Solar has been in operation in Sierra Leone since 2016, and has connected over 16,000 households nationwide, with the distribution of products to customers on loan. She continued that the partnership with Afrimoney will help in the expansion of the digital transformation, whereby customers will be able to easily make payments to Easy Solar through Afrimoney.
Hareton Pratt of Easy Solar said the partnership will go a long way for both sides, adding that their company has been installed in districts and most villages as well, with over 400 Agents nationwide.
Joe Abass Bangura, Chief Cooperate Affairs Officer of Africell, in his statement, highlighted some of the Sierra Leoneans use to get access to energy, through the burning of wood at night, tires and more. He furthered that they are more than happy to work with Easy Solar, as it will enhance the general access to energy, and payment for the same will be flexible.
Joe Abass continued that in addition to this, customers will get 10 per cent of what they pay for their solar energy, which will go back to their Afrimoney account, and that since launching Afrimoney in 2014, they have been improving and helping their customers and Sierra Leoneans to get easy ways to pay for services and fees, without moving from bank to bank or from one place to another. He maintained that they will continue to work with all banks around the country and also expand their network through Sierra Leone and improve their digital systems.
He furthered that they don’t need hard cash, as they want everything to be more on digital systems; like paying bills and other services through Afrimoney.
He continued that the credit system is one of the fastest ways for a nation to develop. Joe Abass concluded by thanking Easy Solar for partnering with them, assuring that they will do everything possible to work with them and create ways for all Sierra Leoneans to have access to electricity.