Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Mama Nancy was a house wife in rural Malava. Her eldest son, Kevin was idle since the family could not afford high school fees. Our organization recruited Kevin to our youth resource center where we trained him to make Mwangabora lamps, and he also started using the center to make farm tools. he was now independent. The lamps made were given to Nancy and other members of her group. They saved money they were initially using for kerosene and started bee keeping business. Using profits they made, they started baking business. When I asked Nancy what had changed after 2 year, she said- her marriage was happier- because her husband was staying in the house more to eat cake and tea, and she didn't ask him for money all the time.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
• In 5 years, we have provided over 1200 youth with informal education with vocational and business training, they have made over 60,000 Mwangabora solar lamps benefiting 60,000 households, and ensuring over 200,000 children have clean energy for lighting.
• In the last 5 years, thousands of women we have trained have set up over 300 businesses from savings made for not using kerosene.
• In the last 5 years, we have helped eliminate over 2.5 metric tones of carbon dioxide from the environment by eliminating the use of kerosene.
• Improved performance in school by children due to the solar lamps, which leads to increased retention in school that that reduces early marriages, reduced female genital mutilation, and improved health, among other benefits.
By 2020, we project to have 1000 small and micro enterprises set up by women groups across 5 countries.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Full impact in 5 years is :
Over 700,000 beneficiaries in at least 5 countries in Africa- this will include over 100,000 women who are equipped with business skills and will create 1000 businesses, over 600,000 children who use the Mwangabora solar lamps for study, and over 10,000 youth who initially were unemployed, been trained in both vocational and business skills and are able to make renewable energy products. We anticipate to achieve this through creating partnerships at both knowledge, funding and implementing levels.