Bringing clean light to people in less privileged communities.

We will provide every child and family with clean lighting solutions for them to live a healthy life and study at night.

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September 2, 1997.

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Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Individuals in developing countries use harmful sources of light, such as candles and kerosene lamps to study at night. According to the World Bank, inhaling candles and kerosene lamps is like smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. A pack contains 20 cigarettes. Imagine a child smoking 40 cigarettes a day? These students inhale this harmful smoke not because they want to, but because they have no choice which has caused tremendous social issues.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

There are millions of people who do not have access to electricity. We currently have a patent-pending solar lantern which will be used to charge devices like phones; plus, low energy and efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) which can brighten up a room in the dark. Additionally, the lantern comes with a two-way powerhouse which includes a solar- energy from the sun and a dynamo hand crank. This technology makes it easy to generate electricity efficiently. The custom design device is lightweight, which makes it easy to carry and offers good quality lighting at night. The lantern comes in the shape and size of an iPhone 7 plus so that it can be easier to take while students walk from home to school and charge while they walk.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

I was raised in a slum in rural Sierra Leone. The government sent electricity once every three months. Consistency was a big issue, and many times, power was given to homes on an hourly basis. I remember when the power came, people will dance and celebrate as if it was a party. People became happy, but electricity only lasted for a few hours. My sisters and I had to study with candles and kerosene lamps because that is the only source of light my family was able to afford. I could recall my sister always burning her hair because of how close she was to the candles. The candles consist of flames of fire, and the closest one gets, the better they could see what they are studying. I recall we had to take medication after studying just to ease the pain from inhaling the flames of the candles. When my family could not afford to buy candles, we had no choice but to stay in the dark.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

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5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

Our project will make a difference in Abu's family, who lives on less than $2 a day. We sell our lights in developed countries using the buy one give one model, which makes it easy to give free light to Abu. With the lantern, Abu can study, do his homework, with clean light that is 50 times brighter than candles and kerosene lamps. He can stay longer and conveniently in his house, which will allow him to perform well in school. He will never leave his house and walk miles to find somewhere with light to study. Abu's mom, who is a businesswoman, can stay longer at night with the lantern and make more money so she can improve the well-being of herself and her family. Fire threats and other forms of harmful gases like Carbon Monoxide and premature death will be alleviated. If this can solve Abu's problem, it can solve the problem of the 1.2 billion people without electricity.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

We are not just a company that gives lights. We will be providing the Buy One Give One Model for individuals that cannot afford to pay for the lantern. Our compatibility is also an essential component for this project because unlike refueling kerosene lamps, people will not have to leave their houses to ensure that the device functions, which will also reduce time and money. We would also be different because we will partner with organizations to be able to distribute the lanterns to remote areas. We would also like to promote programs to educate people about the dangers of candles.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

We are currently prototyping different design models for user feedback. Our lights should be able to reach about one million people in our first two years of production. Our impact metrics are based on these facts: Is the lantern accessible in remote communities? Are we able to change the mindset of people who are resistant to change from harmful sources of light? Is it affordable? If not, how can we make sure that we provide opportunities for everyone to access the lantern? Are students and families able to use the light for a long period of time without a recharge? Are we able to decrease social issues like teenage pregnancy, smoking, gambling for students who leave their houses and associate with other students when they go and study in public places? We currently have an extensive plan for the issues listed above.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

We want to take our idea to the next level. We are currently designing different prototypes of the models so that we can be able to get feedback from our potential users and customers. We will be able to show working prototypes in the next few weeks. This is because Prototype House- a product development company in Miami has gained traction and believe in our project that they will design prototypes for us at no cost. Company-wise we are presently developing a logo, company name, and a website for our project. We believe that partners play a huge role in the distribution of our solar products in remote areas. As a result, we will start identifying potential partners that would enable us to bring light to everyone.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Marketing Strategy

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations less than $100

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