Solar lights sold
Posted on 17 January 2013
Good news, SolarAiders! Our latest crowdsourcing project with funding group Sunfunder, has surpassed 100 individual lenders for the first time.
Started in December 2012, our latest loaning venture is already over 70% funded. With a little more help, we will soon raise the $20,000 target needed to sell another 1,200 solar lights to families in the Copperbelt district of Zambia. Once completed, we can get clean and affordable lights into the hands of nearly 7,000 people.
The unique part is that the entire process is funded by loan-givers or “sunfunders” - people just like you from across the globe. To provide a loan through Sunfunder is to invest in a brighter future for some of the world’s poorest people living off-grid in Africa. And because we sell solar lights rather than give them away, you know that customers will truly value their purchase.
The benefits of switching from traditional forms of lighting, such as kerosene lanterns and candles, to sustainable solar energy are amazing. Solar means no more expensive fuel costs, a better education for children, more time to manage everyday work activities and a smoke free home. Find out more on our Impact page.
Our friends at Sunfunder are based in San Francisco, USA. Together, we’ve already bought solar lights to sell to over 780 eager customers in Chadiza, Zambia. We need just one more push now to get another 1,202 solar lights into the Copperbelt . Can you help?
We love crowdsourcing funds and really hope that you can be a part of this brilliant new platform. Learn more about Sunfunder here.
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