Cash power is what keeps the candles burning in Rwanda. As the sign says, you buy electricity as you need it using cash. When the cash runs out, the electricity flow stops. Outside Kigali, electricity is still a luxury and most people rely upon wood and charcoal. While Cash Power is not that cheap, it is easy to organize. Electrogaz is the state supplier and you can pay at shops like the one above, at an Electrogaz office or via pre-paid SMS from your mobile phone, using a service developed by SMS Media and Electrogaz. The power company currently faces some financial difficulties due to “arrears to the tune of Rwf, 6.24bn, accrued from mainly its non-paying clients.”
Photo taken from the Kigali Wire Flickr account.