Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Codensa Case: Electricity and Related Services for the BOP in Colombia

A very interesting business case on a BOP success story profiled by Next with regards to Codensa a very successful utility company that serves 2.2 million customers in Colombia.

Codensa caters to the Colombian BOP. According to their 2006 Annual Report (in Spanish), more than 88% of their customers were households of which more than 80% belong to the socioeconomic population strata 1, 2 and 3. In value terms, households represent nearly 60% of total sales out of which 74% belong to the above mentioned strata. In both these cases, strata 2 and 3 represent the lion’s share in volume and value terms.

Customer growth has averaged around 3% since 2000 with the increase in the value of energy sales rising from 1% in 2003 to 5.77% percent in 2006.

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