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Development Economics - Vending Machines and Retailing in Kenya
CK Prahalad wrote about "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid" and this is a lovely example of where it exists.
Some Kenyan shopkeepers have started using vending machines to sell milk; it has allowed them to sell in smaller quantities and tap a market that hasn't always been accessible.
Vending machines have been popping up across Nairobi's numerous informal settlements - selling milk, cooking oil, clean renewable cooking fuel and sanitary pads.
Of course, there are difficulties, not least in guaranteeing tamper-proof distribution and a constant and affordable supply of electricity but is technology allowing small shopkeepers to finally access this elusive market.