Lokole is our custom device to bring affordable emails to rural communities

Like the UN Sustainable Development Goals 9: industry, innovation and infrastructures, we believe that emails can speed up the process of local development by improving education, health services and economic opportunities

Photo of Nzola

Hi, I’m Nzola Swasisa but please call me Nzola. I was born and raised in the DRC and in 2010 I founded Ascoderu: our canadian-congolese NGO. Click to read more.

Between 2013-15 I went to Kinshasa in order to test REC (Remote Email Center) and the proof-of-concept led to Lokole. Click to read more.

Lokole is our custom software-and-hardware device built in early 2017. Lokole is so tiny measuring just about 7x5cm. Lokole is such a simple plug-and-play device that makes emails accessible to everyone. Lokole creates a 25m radius WiFi network to access the Lokole app. Lokole WiFi and app work under cellular coverage to minimize bandwidth costs. Lokole is named after a traditional congolese long-distance ceremonial slim drum instrument. Lokole is ready to change the life of many by bringing affordable emails to the unconnected!
Approx Lokole price (Case not included)
Item USD
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (4GB) + AC 5V 3A charger $100
32GB Samsung EVO+ MicroSD Card (Class 10) $20
RAVPower Portable Charger 16750mAh External Battery Power Bank $42
Huawei USB Modem MS2131 is a quad-band HSPA+ modem $65
Cable Matters Right Angle USB Cable, 6 Inches - 90 Degree USB to Micro USB Cable $8
Rotating and Swivel Twist USB 2.0 Type A Male to Type A Female 360 Degree Rotation $11
US Cellular 4G LTE SIM Card for Cellphone (3-in-1 Universal Size) $20
Total upgrades cost $266
Image of a Lokole device

Any question? Any proposal?

Please email us at info@ascoderu.ca

Portrait of Nzola Swasisa
Nzola Swasisa, Founder & CEO
I speak English, French, Portuguese, Lingala & Kikongo
Portrait of Clemens Wolff
Clemens Wolff, Technical Advisor
I speak English, German, French & Spanish
Portrait of Laura Barluzzi
Laura Barluzzi, Web Developer
I speak English, Italian & Spanish
Portrait of Shaun Bathgate
Shaun Bathgate, Software Developer
I speak English
Portrait of Ascoderu team