Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
At 11 years old, I was forced into helping my mom with errands. We needed a new dog bed, as our dog Nutmeg had out-grown hers. I was angered at the price of the dog bed my mom wanted to buy ($80). I equated the price into its candy equivalent (1600 fuzzy peaches) and deemed it a 'huge rip-off'. After all, it was basically just a fancy piece of foam. I pleaded with my mom not to buy it, that it was a huge waste, and that I could 'figure out something better'. She told me if I could, she'd buy the dog bed off me instead. The next month, I went into business: home-made machine-washable fleece dog beds. I learnt to sew, employed my younger sister to help and we got off to work, preparing dog beds for sale at the local craft fairs.
An engineering and business background has given me a strong quantitative and analytical skill set, and my experiences as a team mate and leader have made me a responsible manager and a confident public speaker. CREEC has given me a unique perspective and numerous connections in the off-grid solar industry. My entrepreneurial experience, leadership skills and analytical nature make me a confident, capable and directed manager at SoLight.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
SoLight has a big team helping us serve our customers. SoLight specializes in last-mile distribution and financing, and we work with a fantastic group of manufacturers and technology companies. This way each of us can do what we do best, and our cumulative impact is maximized.
Our manufacturers Green Light Planet and OmniVoltaic make the high quality and affordable solar products. Angaza Design produces innovative Pay-As-You-Go technology that allow us to manage and monitor our customers payments. Numerous other financial organizations are excited to leverage our working capital. CREEC provides use with free office space and internet to grow our business.