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Here is what our customers and investors have to say about us:

Customers

Janet, Murang’a resident

“I was among the first to get connected to the grid. My life has completely changed. My children can now study late into the night.”

Michael Waweru, Businessman

“I no longer have to close my shop early; my opening hours have been extended and my customers are happy.”

Naftary Kimani, Farmer

“With my previous provider, I incurred a huge loss when a blackout damaged my farm machinery. That is now a thing of the past that I have never experienced when I got connected to Hydrobox’ grid.”

Steve Maina, Operations Director at Kiriti Tea Factory

As a tea processor, uninterrupted power supply is critical for our operations. This is why we reached out to Hydrobox.

In addition, the community along our line will benefit from a reliable power supply that is suitably priced for domestic consumers who may otherwise have no alternative access to electricity at their homes.”

Sarah Ndubi, Category Sourcing Specialist at Safaricom

“Hydrobox mini-grid power helps Safaricom meet our SDG #7 objectives:

– Sustainability: minimising use of diesel in our BTS sites and promote renewable energy cuts down on GHG emissions

– Energy OPEX: Hydrobox mini-grid power is an alternative source of energy that is reliable and affordable.”

 

Erik Hersman, CEO of BRCK

“The 21st century is defined by the internet, and you cannot be a part of that world unless you have power for your devices and the ability to connect to it.

BRCK.org provides connectivity tools to fight poverty and remove digital barriers. Hydrobox uses local rivers to provide reliable, affordable and sustainable power to rural communities. We are united by a vision to empower individuals and transform communities. That makes us natural partners.”

Investors

Piet Colruyt, Impact investor

“Although as an impact investor I don’t usually focus on the African continent, I realize that every euro invested in Africa can have an even greater impact.  

The link between access to electricity and reducing poverty has been made several times. Every kilowatt generated by Hydrobox improves the lives of the community in a very tangible way: farmers can connect water pumps, shops can cool products, children can study without toxic fumes.

When I saw Thomas’ team succeed in bringing small-scale hydropower reliably and cheaply to the smallest villages, I was convinced that Hydrobox deserves all the support.”

Stef Goossens, CEO of 3E

“Since my early investment, Hydrobox has proven its ability to scale and deliver upon commitments.

It is inspiring to see how they combine a viable business model with high impact for the local communities.”

Dirk Vyncke, Pater Familias VYNCKE Clean Technology

“We believe in the ABC-concept for decentralised electrification.

We believe in the professional approach and the enthusiasm of the people behind Hydrobox.

That’s why the Vyncke-family invested in Hydrobox.”

Inge Haeck, Business Manager at Arval Belgium – BNP Paribas Group

“I invested in Hydrobox because it is making a basic need accessible to those who previously did not have access to electricity. This changes the lives of so many people for the better.”

 

Wim Warnier, Serial scale-up CEO & impact enabler

“Hydrobox offers everyone a chance to support a local Kenyan entrepreneur – John Magiro – in the realization of his dream to electrify rural Kenya.

Hydrobox facilitates the creation of local renewable energy by Kenyans for the future welfare of rural Kenya.”

François Olsthoorn, COO e-Luscious and Former Commercial & Supply Chain Director at Procter & Gamble

“Hydrobox is an innovative company, that truly makes an impact on the lives of many people in rural Kenya.

Hydrobox is a well-run company on a steep growth path, that gives me all confidence that the money is well invested!”