With a heritage in sustainable energy provision, Bboxx has evolved into a super platform, accelerating access to a broader range of essential products and services for millions of people in hard-to-reach areas across Sub-Saharan Africa.
This platform supports the delivery of clean drinking water thanks to Bboxx’s long-standing partnership with Jibu. Jibu is a social enterprise that invests in and provides resources to entrepreneurs in emerging markets so they can provide affordable access to basic essentials like safe drinking water.
Having joined forces in 2017, Bboxx and Jibu share a vision of ensuring sustainable development in Africa, promoting entrepreneurship to further unlock the economic potential of these developing nations. Today, Jibu has over 170 production sites and 154 franchises operating across eight countries on the continent. Both Bboxx and Jibu have scaled operations which rely upon reliable last mile logistics and seamless supply chains, requiring close data monitoring and the utilisation of powerful technology.
Bboxx provides Jibu with monitoring IoT devices powered on Bboxx Pulse©, its fully integrated operating system. This enables Jibu to monitor remotely and in real-time the production of clean water in each of the 400+ franchises across eight markets. This IoT-powered water service has helped to significantly drive down operational costs, as without this, Jibu would need additional staff in each market to manually collect the data on a daily basis. This in turn would raise the end cost for franchise owners and customers, undermining Jibu’s mission to supply life-changing resources that are affordable. Since the partnership was established, 167 million litres of safe drinking water have been produced and delivered to customers.
Bboxx Pulse® harnesses the power of data to create commercial value and predict consumer trends. For example, over 1 billion data points are collected daily. The role of data is key to the successful operations of businesses like Bboxx and Jibu, enabling them to hear the voices of their customers more clearly, as well as meeting their needs cost-effectively.
In the sustainable development sector, collaboration is particularly important, and Bboxx looks forward to continuing their partnership with Jibu far into the future, as well as expanding the application of its IoT technology to create tech solutions in a wide array of sectors.
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Bboxx is a super platform, transforming lives and unlocking potential by providing access to essential products and services across Africa.
Bboxx has built a fully integrated operating system Bboxx Pulse®, backed by an extensive on-the-ground network to provide goods, services and utilities across Africa. We offer African households, businesses and communities a highly convenient and affordable way to access life-changing solutions, through last mile logistics and data-powered innovative financing methods.
Bboxx is championing the economic development of Africa, accelerating the transition to the digital economy and creating new markets. We are connecting both underserved rural communities and aspiring urban ones with services including clean energy, clean cooking, smartphones, and loans, enabling African consumers to unlock their potential. Following the acquisition of solar energy frontrunner PEG Africa, Bboxx will now positively impact the lives of more than 3.2 million people in 10 operating markets, directly contributing to 11 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The acquisition makes Bboxx and its group of companies one of the largest networks in Africa for utility services, with over 4,000 staff across Africa and offices in the UK and China. For more information about Bboxx please visit bboxx.com
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Jibu is the world’s largest and fastest growing essential service franchise system. Jibu, Inc pairs financing with an innovative franchise model to empower entrepreneurs to provide for their underserved communities’ basic needs. Decentralized, on-site production allows franchises to sell high volumes directly from their high visibility retail points to end-customers. The results are low prices to consumers and strong profits for franchise owners.
Franchises sell drinking water and LPG cooking fuel to the underserved, urban middle class – the middle 70% of urban emerging markets. Jibu’s custom-engineered compact water treatment system and proprietary multi-use packaging are the key to providing affordable drinking water. Jibu also leverages its production and distribution platforms to sell other essential products.
For more information about Jibu, visit the company website at: https://jibuco.com/