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There are now more than 100,000 mini-grid stations across Africa, these little power generation stations are serving to bridge Africa’s rural power gap and Tanzania is no exception.

While the country leads Africa in rural electrification efforts, there is still huge gap between demand and supply and the solution to cover it lays in mini-grids, small power stations that generate power at localized remote points.

To date, Tanzania has well over 100 mini-grids that provide electrical power to over 250,000 people in remote corners of the country. These mini-grids provide close to 200 MW using biomass, fossil fuel and solar systems as well as hybrids of these energy sources.

Tanzania’s national policies also support adoption of renewable energy technologies. Off-grid electrification using renewable energy technologies can offer a power solution to rural and remote areas. These efforts are inline with the global Sustainable Development Goals.

SDG number 7 calls for …

African Fintech: Growth, Profit and Forecasts - The Exchange

With the growth of online banking and online currencies in Africa, the industry of financial technology has seen a growth of over 60% in the past years. Following up a surprising growth, the industry also managed to raise over $320m USD at the same time.

Investment in African Fintechs nearly quadrupled in 2018 to $357m USD, with startups in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa accounting for the largest share, according to The Mobile Economy, Sub-Saharan Africa 2019 report from the GSM Association.

MTN announced in July that it had been granted a full Super Agent Licence in Nigeria for its Yello Digital Financial Services Limited subsidiary. This will enable the scale launch of MTN Nigeria’s Fintech strategy. Enabling it to convert its existing airtime agents, and recruit other small businesses, to distribute financial services. MTN’s group CEO Rob Shuter told Forbes correspondents earlier this year that “mobile will be at …