Money is scarce in Namibia, and many people can't afford to pay $10-40 for a solar-powered light at our Elephant Energy shop in Katima Mulilo. EE's Rent-A-Light Pilot Project addresses this problem by establishing a program to generate income for rural women entrepreneurs via a rent-to-own or installment sales model for solar-powered lights. Through this model, EE offers small volumes of solar-powered lights to trained saleswomen on consignment, who then rent these products to their neighbors. The lights are paid off over a period of five months by the renters, providing enough income to invest in a new stock of lights and to compensate the saleswomen for their work. This sustainable, market-based system provides communities with technology that allows children to study into the evening, ensures security for women at night, protects farmers from dangerous wild animals, reduces harmful emissions from fossil fuels, and saves families over US$7.00 each month in fuel costs. Soon every family in the Caprivi Region of Namibia will be able to afford EE's best solar lights, which provide eight hours of bright light each night for five years before needing new rechargeable batteries.
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