Mobility for Africa, registered in Zimbabwe under parent company Locomotion for Africa, is working with a strategic Chinese partner, and social impact investors, to build a market, using a social enterprise model that provides a package of services from skills to low income financing.
Robust, renewable energy charged electric tricycles, branded and backstopped by trained community support services, can provide an avenue for communities to overcome these distances and contribute to dynamic local economies. Powered through community based off grid energy supply, e-tricycles could provide the incentive for increased economic activity, creating new local markets and enhancing rural livelihoods.
A pilot targeting small scale farmers will determine questions related to usage, financial sustainability, technology, including renewable and GPS, and the social and economic impact on households. Mobility for Africa will establish a local manufacturing joint venture to expand distribution including to other countries in Southern and Eastern Africa.
- By doing so to empower rural women in Sub Saharan Africa with transport that can help them save time, better sell their goods at the market, take their children to the clinic and school, collect water, as well as improve their economic opportunities within the households and local communities.
- To contribute to improving the quality of life of women and their families.
- To contribute to expanding renewal energy for transport in Africa contributing to longer term sustainability and mitigating climate change.