SOLAR LAMP CHALLENGE; DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
PROVEN INTERVENTION TO BE DISTRIBUTED
Solar lamps and other clean energy solutions.
Learn more about the Solar Lamp Challenge and how these lamps create enormous benefits for developing world families.
DISTRIBUTION MODEL INNOVATION
About 90% of the population of the DRC does not have access to electricity. It is estimated that the country hosts more than 11 million off-grid households and 2 million under-electrified households, encompassing about 70 million people. The less than 15 percent grid-connected population experiences over 17 power blackouts per month.
ALTech has designed and developed a community-based pay-as-you-go business model for the distribution of modern energy solutions that provide the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) energy poor with clean, safe, affordable energy for lighting, phone charging, and power, leading to steady increases in household incomes and tangible improvements in health, education, and environmental outcomes.
ALTech will distribute d.light $100, a multi-function solar lamp. The venture will recruit sales agents and area sales managers as well as solar community ambassadors, offer trainings, pay commissions to sales agents, and offer after-sales services. The venture uses an innovative distribution model that consists of on-lending clean energy solutions to primary and secondary school teachers, health workers, health centers, and hospitals. The model also involves reaching out to pregnant women, nursing mothers, and students’ parents.
PILOT AND SCALING GOALS
Operate in four provinces of the DRC
Distribute more than 50,000 clean energy solutions prior to pilot phase
Reach 5 million households within 5 years
Malango Washikala - Co-Director and Co-Founder, Business Development, Finance, and People
Iongwa Mashango - Co-Director and Co-Founder, Logistics and Operations