Pawame, a UAE-based off-grid solar start-up, has announced that it has secured $1.7 million in grant commitments, plus $750,000 in equity, including $250,000 from Launch Africa. The company has also announced that it is now launching its $5 million series A funding round to further boost its growth and expansion into Africa.

Pawame offers a portfolio of solar home systems in remote areas of Kenya on a micro-financed basis, using mobile money repayment, making it affordable for everyone...