SNV is working with PPS, a private enterprise working in solar, to facilitate the provision of portable solar lamps to 550 households from RPBHC - a women's cooperative of 10,000 members producing shea butter.
The objective of this project is to establish a sustainable and commercially viable supply and distribution model for PicoPV products and services, building initial lessons for up scaling and replication afterwards. The main objectives of this pilot phase are:
- Providing access to energy in rural areas with quality solar equipment and make the activity sustainable;
- Making available providers to sustain the provision of solar lights;
- Create and facilitate a market through a commercial partnership (meaning create income and employment through the distribution of solar lamps);
- Introducing of a credit component to a large cooperative representing the BoP.
- 280 lamps from Barefoot Power distributed;
- 270 lamps from ToughStuff distributed;
- Women shea butter cooperative used as main distribution network;
- Credit for solar lamp with a local MFI is available and interested;
- Women cooperative has promotors and technicians for the promotion and after sales service;
- Valuable lessons for the partnership on bottlenecks in the distribution chain and consumer behaviour, response and interests.