A NIGERIAN startup, Saja, has rolled out its solar-powered mobile charging carts in Lagos, which enhance the ability of micro-entrepreneurs to develop their businesses.
Saja which was established in May, is a beneficiary og Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) loan, and has also signed an Agent Network Agreement with AppZone Group to manage agents on their behalf.
The startup piloted its carts at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Lagos and at the RCCG’s Redemption camp. It has so far deployed 10 carts and charges over 200 phones daily.
Co-founder of Saja, Seyi Fakoya, said he was inspired to launch the firm after coming across a vendor who sells airtime by the roadside charging people’s phones using a generator.
“I have rarely used their service as I have various sources to charge my phones. It dawned on me that there are millions of people that don’t have what I have, and I thought if there was a way of providing this service in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way, we could be onto something big.
“Saja does just that, having designed a mobile push-cart that is powered by solar energy to provide the same service. We can also do more than simply charge phones, and are able to provide agent banking services, point of sale, merchandise and other services. We are currently servicing Lagos, but aim to move fast as we scale our infrastructure to cover Nigeria. We plan to conquer Nigeria in the next two years before expanding to other countries,” he stated.
Saja makes money via transaction fees, customer acquisition fees, direct service fees and advertising on its carts.
“We are currently earning from the direct service fees. We are in pre-revenue stage and as we build our tech and our network, we shall implement other forms of revenue methods,” Fakoya said.