Testing the Divi Light in Namibia
Women are central to Elephant Energy’s success in delivering affordable energy solutions to rural households throughout Namibia. Since our Women’s Energy Project began over two years ago, the women of Kwandu Conservancy have tested dozens of energy products, sold hundreds of solar-powered lights and cell phone chargers, and pioneered new financing methods to provide even their poorest customers with access to Elephant Energy’s solar products. The combination of solar products and flexible payment scheme is nothing short of life-changing for rural Namibians, and now you can read more about the impact of your donation to support our work in our 2012 Women's Energy Project Final Report. Please read this report and consider making a year-end donation to support the Women's Energy Project in 2013 by Clicking Here! Just listen to what some of our Namibian partners have to say about their solar products:
“Since I bought it, I have saved money for cell phone charges. It is so helpful and not wasteful. I am not fearful to go walk outside at night any more. If I had to pay the full price up front, I could never have bought this light.” -Rent-to-own customer Rosemary Malimi
“I don't worry that my house will burn or that I can't see what is happening at night. I am saving money. Light is brighter than candles, it is like the moon shining.” - Rent-to-own customer Malimi Mashebe
The women of Kwandu Conservancy are now working with Elephant Energy and Sonopro Power & Light to develop a new pay-as-you-go solar lamp called the “Divi Light”. The technology embedded in these solar lamps allows customers to pay for their solar lamp over a period of months by purchasing credits from other customers or via a cell phone app. Even more exciting, customers can physically pour credits equal to days of use from one lamp to another (just like your iPhone knows where it is in space, so does the Divi Light); in essence, Sonopro has created digital kerosene! Initial surveys indicate that the Divi Light innovation makes solar LED Lighting more accessible to the poorest of the poor:
“The Divi light is flexible. I can pay when I am having money. It is safer than candles because it cannot burn the house.” – Divi Light owner Mukuni Hoster
Learn all about Elephant Energy’s women entrepreneurs and our work to create digital kerosene in our 2012 Women's Energy Project Final Report, and please consider supporting this work with a contribution by Clicking Here. Your donation will help us accelerate the development of this groundbreaking technology and expand our work to new communities in Namibia.
Thank you for all of your support, and Happy Holidays from the Elephant Energy team!
Elephant Energy Sales Agent