Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
While undertaking a solar feasibility study at Naweyo Health Centre3 in Butaleja District, Paul walked for over 30 minutes to the nearest town to charge his phone. When the town was faced with a power outage, and paraffin and kerosene scarcity, no running generators, he walked to the another town, an hour’s walk away, only to often encounter the same challenges, Paul saw the opportunity of introducing commercial solar phone charging businesses in community, he instantly recognised that most shops in hard to reach rural areas are not connected to the grid and discovered what a solar lighting and commercial phone charging system could do for the community businesses and decided to invest in a 10 phone solar charging and lighting system.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Since 2012 EFP Energy Solutions founders have collectively sold over 1,000 solar lights across Uganda with a network of partner retail outlets and Village Savings groups offering the different products to their members. This means – the company has removed an unsafe and expensive fuel from the homes of more than 5,000 people; over 6,000 children can study improving their chance at a better education; 5,000 families now enjoy over 6 more hours of light daily to study, work and socialise; average customer savings of $150USD/year can now be spent on education, clean water, and other health products. By the end of 2020, we aim to be in Uganda’s 40 largest rural trading centres, and to grow until every rural area has access to our commercial phone charging entrepreneurs and life-changing products. By that time, a network of over 2000 phone charging businesses will have impacted 5 million peop
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
To impact over 5million people by 2020 with sustainable growth, we must both spread geographically and expand our product offering. Expanding into 15 more districts by 2017 will prove our adaptability in new regions which will form the foundation for a franchised solution growing into Uganda’s 40 largest rural trading Centres, and possibly adopted world-wide. We will also continue to trial new products in established cities, as is currently being performed in Busolwe Sub County, which will only be rolled out across other regions once deemed a successful and appropriate product.