Our Purpose

To provide energy access as a gateway to financial empowerment and limitless opportunity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

What we do


Pawame is transforming the lives of individuals and entire communities, starting with modern energy access. Pawame operates anywhere underserved people are, pushing boundaries deep into some of the most rural communities on the continent while functioning sustainably and with integrity. Pawame is a partner to its customers from their first interaction with a sales agent to the moment of installation by a technician and throughout their ascent up the energy ladder.

More than a pay-as-you-go solar home system provider, Pawame is a platform for opportunity. With each on-time payment, customers prove themselves responsible payers and, over time, forge a rich credit history that opens the way to everything from smartphones to solar water pumps to education loans—entry points to life-altering worlds of financial empowerment and digital connectivity that were previously inaccessible.

Our solution


How We Deliver


Sell a solar home system (SHS)

Customer makes small down payment that includes installation


Monitor customer repayment behavior

Customer makes daily payments for 18-24 months via mobile money transfer


Expand customer relationship

…by offering other PAYG electrical, financial, and digital products & services

Our Customer

"I love Pawame"

"[The Pawame solar home system] has been one of the most treasured possessions I’ve ever had. It has changed my life and that of my relatives."

Margaret Noor Tiren from Baringo, Kenya

Mother, kiosk owner, and Pawame customer since 2017

In the news


Maurice Parets


20+ years combined energy, consumer marketing, entrepreneurial and nuts & bolts leadership experience in the Gulf and abroad.

MBA, Stanford University; MA International Relations, U. of Maryland; BS, U.S. Naval Academy

Majd Chaaya

COO, Co-founder

A passionate Industrial Engineer and MSc. in New Energy Technologies with 9 years experience in process improvement and quality systems.

MSc – New Energy Technology, Technical University, Berlin; B.Eng – Concordia University.

Nil Vereshchagin

Nil Vereshchagin

Corporate Finance

Commercially focused CFO, with over 20 years’ experience as CFO and extensive experience in raising finance.

Rich and varied sector experience with high tech companies, ranging from concept start-up to a $2bn+ market cap company.

Beniamino Bruno

Beniamino Bruno

Portfolio & ICT Director

Finance and IT experience from PwC. Expert in data mining and machine learning. 

Masters in Finance, LUISS Guido Carli University.


Henry Hall

Senior Financial Advisor

25 yrs in blue chip firms advising and raising capital for entrepreneurs and companies in emerging markets, including SSA Harvard J.D

Levine Araka

Levine Araka

Logistics & Field Operations Director

12 years in Logistics, Warehousing & Inventory Management with DB Schenker Kenya, Aga Khan Foundation and Government of Kenya.


Catherine  Wahome

Nyambura Catherine W.

Human Capital Director

8 years of talent management experience in Kenya, Uganda & India at TATA Consultancy Services.

ESADE MBA Candidate

Joshua Mutuku

Joshua Mutuku

Finance Director

7 years of corporate and operational finance experience from Centum, EABL and PwC.

BCOM (Finance), Strathmore University

Kimosop Kendangor

Kimosop Kendagor

Sales & Marketing Director

16 years of sales and ops mgt with MFIs Juhudi Kilimo, Musoni, and Grameen Found’n



Board of Directors

Sam Barnett

Sam Barnett

Board Director

Sam has 25 years of International experience managing complex organizations in emerging markets. With a background in development and project management, he built his career running and growing the largest commercial media group in the Middle East. He is excited about roles that have a major positive social impact. 
Sam is CEO at MBC group, and has a solid understanding of the Solar Pay as you go industry in Sub Saharan Africa through his previous involvement on the board of a NOTS in Rwanda (Solar company). Moreover he has lived a couple of years in Kenya and speaks Swahili.
He is currently based in Dubai.


Yousef Al Yousefi

Board Director

CEO at Joa Capital, an alternative investment firm licensed by the Saudi Capital Markets Authority. Prior to founding Joa Capital, Yousef co-founded Marco Partners, a strategic advisory and investment firm that counts the largest Saudi companies and ministries as its clients as well as a number of very successful tech startups. Prior to that, he co-founded Riyad Taqnia Fund, Saudi Arabia's first institutionally backed venture capital fund. 
He started his career as an engineer in the oil and gas sector at Saudi Aramco and Schlumberger. In addition to his directorship at Pawame, he sits on the boards of directors of Saudi Fransi Capital, MedGulf Insurance, Saudi Airlines Catering Company, Saudi Post Organization, and Saudi Postal and Logistics Company (SPL). 
Yousef holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from Harvard Business School.



Alexandre Allegue

Chairman & Co-Founder

Alexandre Allegue has spent 15 years of his career starting and growing ventures across Europe, Middle East and Africa. 
As an advocate for renewable energies, Alexandre accumulated solid experiences on the full Solar value chain Tech (Manufacturing, Contracting, Development/IPP, and Investments), with some of the most prominent players in the region such as Acwa Power.  
He is Chairman & Co-Founders of Pawame, and sits as MESIA's Board Vice President (Middle East Solar Industry Association).
Alexandre is a fellow Alumni of Harvard Business School, ESIA Engineering School, as well as ESSEC Business school.