Lighting Up Women's Lives
Bringing solar light and energy to rural Namibia
In response to the growing interest in solar energy in Namibia, Lighting Up Women’s Lives will utilise Shankara Craft’s existing network of partners, supply chains, logistics and transport to expand into selling solar lighting and chargers. After a survey of community members was overwhelmingly supportive, the enterprise will commence taking orders at the village level.
The enterprise will collect inventory from a solar distributor in Rundu town when they dispatch craft orders, and sell the solar products to weavers and their communities when they return on buying trips.
Promoting solar energy will decrease firewood dependency, and reduce carbon emissions by 100kg per year for each light switched from kerosene to solar power.
Lighting Up Women’s Lives provides women weavers and their communities with access to solar lights and chargers.
Shankara Crafts sources from and empowers 150 women weavers in six rural villages.
Omba Arts Trust will provide systems development, training and coaching in financial and administration systems.
Elephant Energy will provide pricing structures, inventory of product and sales training and support.
The 2015 SEED Awards in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia are supported by the Government of Flanders, which is active in Southern Africa.