LEDsafari - The Lampmakers
We have designed a 2$ solar LED lamp(world's cheapest lamp) which has potential to replace kerosene lamps in developing countries.
Which problem are you trying to solve?
Over 1.2 billion people are still without access to electricity worldwide and use kerosene lamps which is harmful for health. Existing solar lamps are expensive and hard to repair at village level.
How are you going to address this problem?
We transfer the knowledge through workshops/training on how to build the lamp using locally available materials which makes it cheap and easier to repair at the village level.We have developed training materials which is made for any person in the village without any technical education. We also have an open-source website to promote DIY LEDSafari lamps and include people from all over the world.
What’s new and unique about your idea?
Our lamp is the cheapest in the world and easy to assemble without prior technical knowledge.It can also be used to charge cellphone.We give training to villagers, hence promoting local entrepeneurs.Our training is unique which is focused on low cost product and promoting sustainability to anyone.
How are you going to earn money?
We charge for the training and help local entrepeneurs to start the business in solar lamps domain. We also combine travel with social responsibility concept by training people in Switzerland who want to travel to developing countries and teach. We sell DIY lamp KITs on the open-source website.
How many tons of CO2 could your project save?
Assuming:Kerosne has an energy density of 10KWh per Litre and it produces 2.5Kg of CO2 per Litre. Weekly fuel consumption of one litre of kerosene: 2.5kg/week*365/7 weeks = 0.13 tonnes of CO2/year. There are 1.2 billion people, 300 million families (4 member/family) without light.LEDSafari can reduce 300 million*0.13 ton/yr * 5% (target market) ~ 2 million tonnes of CO2 emission / year.
Desired feedback from the community?
We have the mission to use the knowledge to build capacity which can impact positively daily lives of people, and make them independent. Our vision is to bring affordable clean light to everybody in a sustainable way. We welcome eveyone who wants to join us in this adventure or has some good advice.