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Solanterns: Replacing 1 Million Kerosene Lanterns with 1 Million Solar Lanterns

Solanterns: Replacing 1 Million Kerosene Lanterns with 1 Million Solar Lanterns

“Solanterns: Replacing 1 Million Kerosene Lanterns with 1 Million Solar Lanterns”. The partners of this innovative initiative are a private company, a local NGO and a microfinance institution that provide economic, environmental and health benefits to both rural and urban households by sourcing and distributing solar lanterns and training youth and women micro-entrepreneurs.

Solanterns offers smoke-free, brighter solar lanterns at a lower cost than kerosene lamps; thus, health risks, and fire and environmental hazards are reduced, and investment opportunities are created for micro-entrepreneurs. Solaterns builds on exiting institutional distribution channels and rental services to reach poor customers and convince people to go solar. High-visibility brand stores, cooperative societies, micro-finance institutions and others serve as sales points, partly offering financing for the purchase. Youths are trained as micro-entrepreneurs to rent out lanterns to households who cannot affort the upfront investment. Over three years, households can either spend US$ 146 on kerosene or US$ 25 on a solar lantern. 

  • Distribute 20,000 solar lanterns (contributing to the goal of one million solar lanterns).
  • Train 500 youths as freelance sales and rental agents.
  • Raise US$ 400,000 part equity and part working capital to scale up operations.
  • Establish partnerships with youth groups and microfinance institutions to scale up the rental model.

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