To provide energy access as a gateway to financial empowerment and limitless opportunity in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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.
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
"[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
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
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.
Finance and IT experience from PwC. Expert in data mining and machine learning.
Masters in Finance, LUISS Guido Carli University.
25 yrs in blue chip firms advising and raising capital for entrepreneurs and companies in emerging markets, including SSA Harvard J.D
7 years of corporate and operational finance experience from Centum, EABL and PwC.
BCOM (Finance), Strathmore University
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.
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 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.
Mr Padmanthan is a professional civil engineer, with over 35 years of experience who joined ACWA Power as CEO in 2006
“With a vision to provide electricity to some of the remotest off grid households in sub-Saharan Africa, Pawame offered me the ideal platform to do some good while preserving some of my personal savings.”
Mr. Alrabayah is managing partner at Cayan Energy, and former president of GE Corporate in the Gulf region
“Pawame has a life-changing, winning business model in the hands of a highly skilled and motivated team. Their background and dedication gives me a strong level of comfort to achieve their noble mission..”
Mr. Wouters has been leading renewable energy projects, transactions, and technology development for over 25 years
“Pawame provides an excellent and sustainable service to previously unserved people. In my experience, sustainability is not just about reducing an environmental impact, it is equally important to work on business models that make economic sense. “
Mr Bkayrat is a Techno-Business developer with strong industry and academic background, including experience at KAUST and Siemens
“Pawame is on the forefront of improving the quality of life in the most needed areas in Africa. The business potential is significant, the timing is right and the team is fully capable to make it happen.”
Mr. van Son has been serving the international energy industry for more than 35 years being a driving force of major innovations in many roles
“I developed as a volunteer PV based internet shops in The Gambia, back in 2003. Years later pawame came on my path with a smart ‘PV pay as you go’ concept for the people in Kenya. A business that deserves my support.”
Mr. Alhoweish is an energy specialist at the IDB focused on project finance in the power industry, who has over 5 years experience in development
“Pawame is making a tangible difference in their clients' lifestyles and I have seen it myself in two different trips to Kenya (May 2017 and October 2017). The team on the ground is extraordinary and I truly believe they will achieve the investors' aspirations.”