GERALD MURIUKI's New Entry

GERALD MURIUKI's New Entry: One Child, One Light

NAIROBI, KenyaNAIROBI, Kenya
Year Founded:
2015
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

One small light, one bright future. We empower a school pupil by offering him a solar lamp for studying we are on a mission to eradicate kerosene lamps and help families lift themselves out of poverty and light up rural Kenya with safe and clean solar lighting.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if one small light could be used to increase savings, reduce pollution, increase study hours and lead to improved health among school going pupils and their families? Would that not be a big difference?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

We are a rural energy organization seeking to embark on creating a movement that will help lift communities out of poverty by providing one solar powered lamp to school pupils in very remote regions in rural Kenya. This will help eradicate kerosene lamps, increase family savings, increase study time, provide more light to rural Africa and cut co2 emissions. It will also improve the health of the pupils as increased exposure to the kerosene smoke.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The organization will rent out one solar lamp to pupils in remote regions in rural Kenya. Where by the cost of renting the lamp will be much cheaper than that of buying kerosene on a daily basis. After the organization has recovered its initial cost of buying the lamp the student will become the ultimate owner of the lamp.

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Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

A student (Mary) gets a solar lap form one child one light to go and do his home work in the evening Mary will in turn pay KSH10 (0.01USD) for the lamp the next morning. If Mary had used the kerosene lamp her parents would have used KSH20 (0.20USD). The parents are happy since they are able to save and use the saved amount for food or farming implements. Mary in turn gets to have better lighting and longer hour to do her home work. She also able to experience better health as she is does not have to do her homework near kerosene lamp and also her eyesight will not be affected by prolonged straining of the eyes. The parents are also happy since they dont have to part with any initial investment (deposit for the lamp).

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

75 % of the households are found in rural areas average household size of 5.5 persons. Kerosene is the most popular lighting fuel with over 75% reporting using it. This translates to 86.4% of the rural areas using kerosene for lighting. More than 80 percent of all Kenyan households median expenditure amounts to 160 Kenyan shillings (KES) (1.6 USD) per household. Kenya has over 18,000 public primary schools with population of about 8million pupils as of 2008.Majority of these schools are located in rural areas and in informal settlements such as slums. With this statics; we can project we will be able to empower more than 10,000 lives in the second year of operation by reaching 2000 school-aged children with this small lamps.We can save families 70USD a year, on average after we issue the solar lamp ; a round 10% of household income.Improved health will also be achieved.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The schools will be used as energy service centers and partners on the ground and also as an avenue to create consumer awareness this will help in rapid scaling and growing of the organization geographically to other rural areas in Kenya and also Africa. The organization will also seek to expand to other technologies in future for example cooking stoves, solar dries, bio-gas systems etc. the organization will also advance to partner with financial institutions e.g. Banks, cooperatives and microfinance institutions to offer solar product line lending.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The organization aims to be sustainable and will be revenue generating. The revenue will be used to increase the number of lamps for rent and also to cover the organization’s operations. At first the organization will rely on donation for startup capital.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

organizations trying to provide similar services get it wrong by requiring that the customer part with initial deposit of the lamps and the other amount be cleared in installments. Our case is different a pupil get a lamp that costs KSH 1200 (12USD) with the parents approval from the school. The parents will pay KSH25 (0.25USD) Daily for 3 months this is for one term (school going days) to recover the cost of buying the lamp. After all payment has been cleared the student will own the lamp. This removes the barrier of initial investment.
Team

Founding Story

Early this year I visited my uncle who lives in a remote village in central Kenya. It was in the evening and had to assist my cousins with their home and what they used for lighting is a small kerosene lamp that did not last more than one and a half hours. The reason was that money was not enough to buy kerosene to last the kids for 3 hours of study. The kerosene lamp provides very poor lighting and smoke which caused a lot of eye strain. These events led me to think that something better could be done. I further went to discuss it with my friend and we decided to start an organization that would solve this problem.

Team

GERALD MURIUKI: C.E.O and co-founder He is a trained economist and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and finance from Kenyatta University and a self taught programmer. He will oversee the organizations leadership and will be in charge of operations, community and consumer awareness as well as seeking funds for the organization. He will also seek partnership for the organization. In march 2015 he built a crowd funding organization for high school students from marginalized and vulnerable background to fundraise for school fees. The platform integrates the use of mobile money which is the most popular way of sending money in Africa. In July 2015 he was selected into the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program (TEEP). The foundation selected 1000 entrepreneurs who will most likely impact Africa from all over Africa to undergo training and latter a high networking boot camp in Lagos, Nigeria. KENNETH THEURI: CFO and co-founder He is a trained accountant and holds a bachelors degree in economics and finance from Kenyatta University and is a certified public accountant. He will oversee the organizations finances, human resource and ensure that the organization runs efficiently and seeks innovative ways of generating revenue. He will also be in charge of business development.
Background
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Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

co-founder CEO

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Affordable and Clean Energy, Climate Action.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

As a very passionate table tennis player who was in the founding team of the university’s table tennis club and latter in the establishment of the Kenya universities table tennis circuit tournament was involved in looking for sponsors and seeking partnerships for the club and also the tournament.
In march 2015 i built a crowd funding organization for high school students from marginalized and vulnerable background to fundraise for school fees. The platform integrates the use of mobile money which is the most popular way of sending money in Africa.
In July 2015 I was selected into the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program (TEEP). The foundation selected 1000 entrepreneurs who will most likely impact Africa from all over Africa to undergo training and latter a high networking boot camp in Lagos, Nigeria.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

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