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Globally 2.9 billion people do not have access to a reliable supply of modern energy for cooking.
— World Bank, 2015
Due to unreliable incomes and precarious occupations, households living on less than $4/day are prevented from transitioning to modern energy appliances and fuel sources.
— Collins et al. 2009

     Clean Energy for the Next Billion

Low income urban households regularly pay a large proportion of their household income (~$0.50/day) to purchase small quantities of fuel that can be safely stored and used for cooking, heating, and lighting - World Bank, 2014. However, the only cooking fuels available within this micro-payment structure are charcoal and kerosene. The major barriers preventing low income households from adopting clean gas as their primary source of cooking fuel are the high up-front cost of the stove, the gas cylinder deposit, and the large amount of money required to refill an empty gas cylinder.

     PayGo Energy believes in equal opportunities and seeks to democratize LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas or Propane) for the 2.9 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean cooking fuel. PayGo Energy allows families to purchase gas in small amounts, making LPG more affordable than ever.

     PayGo runs on LPG, the world’s modern fuel of choice. When households adopt LPG as their main fuel source, they choose for health and help reduce harmful emissions that can lead to respiratory illness and environmental degradation.

We all benefit from accessing clean cooking fuel in our homes.

 

Meet PayGo Energy

Nick Quintong is CEO of PayGo Energy. Nick previously held a variety of commercial roles at General Electric and, as a Kiva Fellow, researched and tested low-cost growth channels for microfinance products in Kenya. In his free time, Nick likes to go on adventures with his dog, Mr. Raj.

Nick Quintong is CEO of PayGo Energy. Nick previously held a variety of commercial roles at General Electric and, as a Kiva Fellow, researched and tested low-cost growth channels for microfinance products in Kenya. In his free time, Nick likes to go on adventures with his dog, Mr. Raj.

Judy Wangari is providing customer care to our existing customers. In her spare time she loves to cook, travel and spend time with family.   

Judy Wangari is providing customer care to our existing customers. In her spare time she loves to cook, travel and spend time with family.   

Fausto Marcigot is head of engineering. He’s a mechanical engineer with experience in the power generation industry in Europe, and more recently biogas system design and construction in Kenya and Madagascar. He loves to cook, and brew his own beer.

Fausto Marcigot is head of engineering. He’s a mechanical engineer with experience in the power generation industry in Europe, and more recently biogas system design and construction in Kenya and Madagascar. He loves to cook, and brew his own beer.

Mark O’Keefe is head of operations. His background is in research and he has spent the last three years testing new products and services for informal settlements in Uganda and Kenya. Mark enjoys finding new tracks to run on, playing old records, and discovering places to drink coffee.

Mark O’Keefe is head of operations. His background is in research and he has spent the last three years testing new products and services for informal settlements in Uganda and Kenya. Mark enjoys finding new tracks to run on, playing old records, and discovering places to drink coffee.

John Gitonga is doing installations and maintenance, ensuring our customers have a reliable system at any time. John also loves to design and listen to music.

John Gitonga is doing installations and maintenance, ensuring our customers have a reliable system at any time. John also loves to design and listen to music.

Laura Talsma is head of marketing. She’s a designer with international experience driving user adoption of sustainable technologies via user research, piloting, and service design. She loves to gather people for bonfires, sailing trips or dinners.

Laura Talsma is head of marketing. She’s a designer with international experience driving user adoption of sustainable technologies via user research, piloting, and service design. She loves to gather people for bonfires, sailing trips or dinners.

Mike Hahn is head of product development. He is a builder with an acute understanding of manufacturing best practices and hardware design. Years of international experience have grounded his ability to develop products for customers in demanding environments. Mike loves his family, snow, art & music, and great beer.

Mike Hahn is head of product development. He is a builder with an acute understanding of manufacturing best practices and hardware design. Years of international experience have grounded his ability to develop products for customers in demanding environments. Mike loves his family, snow, art & music, and great beer.

Elizabeth Wavinya is a sales agent, reaching out to new customers and managing our community of interested households. She also loves to spend time with her family. 

Elizabeth Wavinya is a sales agent, reaching out to new customers and managing our community of interested households. She also loves to spend time with her family. 

Millicent Kasaya is in charge of sales and customer support in Nairobi. She has a background in community development, conducting both qualitative and quantitative research, training research assistants, community mobilization, and coordinating studies. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family, as well as reading, cooking, and baking.

Millicent Kasaya is in charge of sales and customer support in Nairobi. She has a background in community development, conducting both qualitative and quantitative research, training research assistants, community mobilization, and coordinating studies. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family, as well as reading, cooking, and baking.

 
Eliud Gathira is in charge of finance and compliance. He has worked with more than 50 startups, providing key services in financial reporting and analysis. He specializes in creating new ways for businesses to scale, improving existing ideas and systems, and supporting teams to achieve results. Eliud loves riding his motorcycle everywhere around town.

Eliud Gathira is in charge of finance and compliance. He has worked with more than 50 startups, providing key services in financial reporting and analysis. He specializes in creating new ways for businesses to scale, improving existing ideas and systems, and supporting teams to achieve results. Eliud loves riding his motorcycle everywhere around town.