BBOXX Partnered With CCA to Develop LPG Strategy in the DRC
BBOXX, a UK-based pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) solar company, was founded in 2010 with a mission to make household energy more affordable and accessible in developing countries. Aiming to become a 100 percent off-grid utility, BBOXX entered the clean cooking landscape through the distribution of LPG with PAYGO financing in its East African markets.
To continue expanding its customer base, BBOXX has adapted its business model, leveraging its network of solar home solution shops, to scale distribution of LPG stoves. These adaptions have included innovative financing options for customers; developing commercial products for hospitals, schools, and larger residential buildings; and pay-as-you-cook solutions.
The Clean Cooking Alliance’s (CCA) Venture Catalyst Program partnered with BBOXX to support the company’s expansion efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In partnership with ENEA, CCA supported the development of a holistic DRC strategy aimed at attracting capital and scaling BBOXX’s proposition. In March 2021 “BBOXX Cook” was launched in Goma (DRC) to scale smart and safe distribution of LPG. Through this project, CCA has positioned BBOXX to validate a commercial strategy for its cooking business that can be integrated with its solar home business.
“With CCA’s support, BBOXX and ENEA completed a comprehensive piece of analytical work that has been instrumental in helping us work through the options for expanding our cooking business in the DRC and refine our strategy in this market”
– Louis De Muylder, Head of New Products & Strategy BBOXX DRC