In the mountains of Lesotho, the first generation to enjoy free primary education stand poised to lift their country out of poverty. Yet — most rural households do not have access to electricity, so children study by candlelight or kerosene lamps. From the time the sun rises until it sets over the mountains every night, students are busy fetching firewood, collecting water, tending their fields, and — if they are very determined — attending high school. With even one solar light, families can enlighten their nights.
Enter Christopher and Michael. The pair are the first wheelchair-bound kids to attend an academic secondary school in this southern African country. Their cerebral palsy is no disability: they are fearless in their pursuit of their dreams. Mike and Chris want to pair new solar innovations with a business model that will change lives: all for a few dollars per home.
Chris and Mike's solar powered, super-bright lights replace candles and kerosene with an entirely renewable, clean, and long lasting light source powered by the African sun. Mike and Chris have developed an ingenious business model that places them as solar distributors, with the initial market coming from NGOs in the region who provide social welfare support to orphans. To get started, they seek investors and loans through social enterprise and micro-financing. Their hybrid model will create livelihoods while brightening futures.