Persistent invests in Zimbabwe’s fastest growing off-grid energy company Zonful
31 July 2018 – Today Persistent Energy Capital LLC announced a strategic investment and partnership with Zonful Energy, Zimbabwe’s fastest growing off-grid energy company. This will be Persistent’s fourth investment in a company launched in Africa by Africans.
Since 2017, Zonful has sold and installed over 5,000 solar home systems in Zimbabwe and plans to reach 25,000 customers (impacting the livelihoods of 125,000 people) by the end of 2018. With Persistent’s investment, Zonful has been able to unlock a matching AECF grant and begin a major expansion.
The partnership between Zonful and Persistent includes Persistent’s technical and advisory support in finance, financial management and IT. Persistent’s partner company, Catalyst, is working with Zonful to build its IT infrastructure to support the company’s ambitious growth plans.
Persistent Partner Rodrigo Weiss said “We are very excited to support William Ponela (Zonful CEO) and the Zonful team in creating the leading off-grid energy business in Zimbabwe. We are impressed with their hard work and achievements. We believe Zimbabwe is on the verge of tremendous growth. Persistent is pleased to be able to jump in as one of the earliest new investors in Zimbabwe to catalyze one of the most promising companies we have seen.”
The off-grid solar industry is one of the fastest-growing in Africa. The sector has seen more than US$360 million in investments across the continent in the past five years and continues to grow rapidly due to a drop in component and storage prices. Furthermore, the atmosphere in Zimbabwe is positive and Zimbabweans are looking forward to an upward economic trend.
Zonful CEO William Ponela said, “Persistent has already proven to be a great partner to us. They moved quickly and methodically to bring fresh capital and immediately were on the ground in Zimbabwe helping us build our business. We are excited about continuing to grow with their collaboration.”
Zonful’s leading position in off-grid energy in Zimbabwe, supported by its partnership with Persistent, makes it well positioned for rapid growth.
About Persistent Energy Capital LLC
Persistent Energy Capital LLC invests in and builds impact ventures in underserved markets. By providing deep operational and strategic support to exceptional entrepreneurs, Persistent generates attractive financial returns and creates lasting social and environment impact. Persistent operates out of offices in Lagos, New York and Zurich.
About Zonful Energy
Zonful Energy was launched in 2014 by founder William Ponela, an accomplished engineer seeking to provide a solution to millions of Zimbabweans living without electricity. The company is currently selling throughout rural Zimbabwe, with headquarters in Harare.
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