Bangladesh - 2009 Gold Winner - Shidhulai - Powering the Future with Surya Hurricane Lanterns Bangladesh

Bangladesh - 2009 Gold Winner - Shidhulai - Powering the Future with Surya Hurricane Lanterns Bangladesh

In 2009, Shidhulai won one of five SEED Gold Awards for its effort to develop and market the SuryaHurricane lantern, a low-cost solar lantern made from recycled parts of the conventional and much-used kerosene lantern.

The goal of Shidhulai is to introduce the solar powered SuryaHurricane lantern to many more families in rural villages in Bangladesh who do not have access to electricity. In addition, Shidulai intends to introduce a new generation of the SuryaHurricane lantern which people will be able to recharge themselves using an attached solar panel.

SEED supported Shidhulai in its expansion by:

  • providing support in developing the next generation SuryaHurricane lantern
  • providing support to help with the distribution of SuryaHurricane lanterns to 2,000 families living in 40 flood-prone villages,
  • supporting training and public events in villages where staff of Shidhulai explain how SuryaHurricane lanterns work and the benefits they bring
  • training women how to use and maintain SuryaHurricane lanterns
  • supporting the provision of post-sale support to users.

SEED also supported Shidhulai in its efforts to gain access to potential donors and funders. The high-level award ceremony, hosted by the British High Commissioner in Dhaka, provided an opportunity to meet several ambassadors and heads of development institutions and foundations. The ceremony was widely covered in national media and led to several follow-up meetings and visits to the project site by potential funding partners.

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