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Home solar business brightens in Africa

Startups and trading houses bring power to those off the grid -- profitably

TOKYO -- People living in areas without electricity in Africa are beginning to enjoy modern conveniences, thanks to solar powered gadgets they can rent from small shops.

In Tanzania, solar-powered kiosks display rows of orange LED lanterns. The kiosks have partnered with Wassha, a Japanese startup that originated with the University of Tokyo, to offer electric gadgets to customers who otherwise would not be able to run them.

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