ElleSolaire

SOLAR LAMP CHALLENGE; SENEGAL

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PROVEN INTERVENTION TO BE DISTRIBUTED

Solar Lamps.

Learn more about the Solar Lamp Challenge and how these lamps create enormous benefits for developing world families.

DISTRIBUTION MODEL INNOVATION

ElleSolarie is the first women-led, pay-as-you-go clean energy distribution network in West Africa.

In Senegal, six million people live without electricity. 58% of the population is rural and the women in these communities suffer the most from energy poverty and the implicit time poverty. They rise with the sun, often completing up to 17 hours of domestic tasks each day, leaving very little opportunity for endeavors that could improve lives, including their own. What’s more, their sources of energy are often pollutant, dangerous, and costly.

Women entrepreneurs from rural communities in Senegal are being recruited and trained by ElleSolarie. They become business women in their own right, distributing much needed, cutting-edge clean energy solutions on affordable pricing plans to remote last mile communities.

ElleSolaire is about women helping women to help themselves with economic opportunity, while growing in confidence, dignity, and choice. It is also about helping their families and communities to tap into a life-changing energy source that is safe, clean, and plentiful: sunlight. Customers get to reduce costs, health risks, environmental damage, and time given to domestic tasks. Solar energy is a key source of poverty alleviation that also increases opportunity through communication, business and studies.

PILOT AND SCALING GOALS

  • 3,000 people in rural Senegal will have light in their homes for the first time by the end of the pilot

  • 500 women will generate incremental income from retail during the pilot

  • 50 rural women entrepreneurs will be trained in Solar, PAYGO, and marketing by the end of the first year

  • 8,000 people will be positively impacted by the end of year 1


FOUNDING TEAM

Kelly Nwachuku Lavelle - Founder, Executive Director