SOLAR LAMP CHALLENGE; CAMEROON
PROVEN INTERVENTION TO BE DISTRIBUTED
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DISTRIBUTION MODEL INNOVATION
A structured supply of solar lamps to rural locations in North West Cameroon is close to nonexistent. Often, vendors purchase poor quality products from urban centers and retail in rural communities at high prices and are unable to sustain distribution due to poor quality, absence of guarantees, and high costs which results in loss of consumer trust in the products. The absence of education on the financial and health benefits of using renewable energies instead of kerosene lamps or candles in rural communities is also a key constraint.
Greenergies will source high-quality, proven, affordable solar lamps from the supplier Total Cameroon and distribute these products to target rural localities through a network of vendors who are already operating provision stores in these areas. The Greenergies team has conducted negotiations with Total Cameroon that will permit Greenergies to purchase in bulk and supply directly to vendors. The lamps will be sold with a guarantee period of between 1 and 2 years. Vendors will provide after sales services and will receive training in basic repairs jointly from Total Cameroon and Greenergies. Vendor shops will be branded as partners of Greenergies using stickers, display boxes, and signposts. Greenergies will also link potential buyers with micro-finance institutions in target areas which will provide microloans to buyers to obtain solar lamps.
PILOT AND SCALING GOALS
- Sell 9,600 solar lamps by the end of year 1
- Work with 40 vendors by the end of year 1
- Sell 27,600 solar lamps by the end of year 2
- Work with 50 vendors by the end of year 2, benefiting 30 rural communities
Wise Nzikie Ngasa - Team Leader
Pride Yanu - Field Operations Manager
Rita Yenjong - Partnerships Development Manager