Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Carlos is a 12 year old student in Uribia (Guajira), he walks 5 miles to his school and today there is a Seminar about Renewable Energies given by National University. He learns about Solar Energy and solar lanterns and realizes: the day does not end with sundown, he can study at night more, his parents can continue a bit further with work activities to get more income, no risk about his home getting fire due to candles/kerosene lanterns use, his father can recharge the cell phone. He comes back home and teaches that to his parents (illiterate ones) and get them to understand, also that the solar lantern can be bought with Pedro, the grocery owner, who will give the lantern once 3 payments of 3 dollars are made, and 3 more to end the debt.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Children can study at night improving their education and future in zones with good solar coverage with no access to electricity or irregular access. Parents can work a little bit longer into the night and thus, get more income. Reduce home fire and intoxication due to candle or kerosene use. Houses in the rural area are made of wood or other material highly flammable. Charge cell phones, the access to the connected world. A World Bank study has revealed that the cell phone use in rural areas made possible more income of the community members. Create a new stream of jobs in the region for local grocery owners, local entrepreneurs and women head of families, who will be the distribution channel and will get a fee upon selling the lantern. Solar lanterns will be the start, other regions will have different conditions (ex: no sun) and solution will be designed accordingly (ex: biomass).
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Make a small pilot to adjust the marketing channel for rural areas that has been designed, this will be done in the town Uribia (Guajira). For the pilot and the early stages of commercialization, we plan to use d.light solar lanterns. In parallel, the Microelectronic Group will design and produce a local solar lantern, the idea is to minimize the actors in production chain to improve the cost and reduce the price by maintaining the margin. In three years time we plan to address 10% of the 136k families in solar region, meaning 13.890 lanterns sold. R&D to produce other no solar solutions.