On a continent where more than half the population lives off-the-grid, many African villagers can neither afford nor acquire simple solar lamps. Instead, they have to rely on dangerous kerosene products to light their homes. Five young men behind a new social enterprise hope their modular solar lamp can offer this remote clientele an affordable and healthy alternative.
“When I talk to people about solar, when I show people solar lamps, they get so excited that it’s unreal,” says 25-year-old Adam Camenzuli, an Ontarian and one of five behind KARIBU Solar Power. “I can really see the amount of impact that we can have by giving people the choice … the opportunity to choose between kerosene and solar, because right now that choice doesn’t exist in an affordable way.”
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