Using an electricity kiosk to supply basic electricity for most rural households in Malawi is cheaper than other rural electricity supply models and the size of the system can be relatively accurately scaled according to the local electricity demand. Furthermore, the electricity supplied is independent of the source of generation, and an electricity kiosk can be implemented in most communities. In addition to this, a rightly sized electricity kiosk can yield a positive Net Present Value and is therefore an attractive investment and alternative for other, often non-profitable or less-profitable, off-grid solutions for rural electrification.
The use of (primary) schools and teacher development centers can support the provision of high-quality education in the rural areas in several ways.
- The electricity kiosk can integrate Internet facilities to increase access to information for teachers, students and households.
- The electricity kiosk will attract teachers who are currently reluctant to work in area without electricity.
- The electricity kiosk allows teacher development centers to extend training hours during the evenings.