Help Solar Scouts sell 1,700 solar powered lighting and cellphone chargers to off-grid homes
This is the second project in the SunFunder-Zamsolar partnership to bring solar powered lighting and mobile phone charging to rural parts of Zambia. Through its network of village sales agents called Solar Scouts, Zamsolar is able to reach the remotest of communities and provide affordable solar energy.
The projected impact of the Sun King Pro on each customer's household:
Out of a total population of 13 million people, 10 million in Zambia lack electricity, with most living in rural areas. Rural households that lack electricity are forced to use expensive, inefficient sources of energy, spending nearly $150 per year on candles, batteries, and cell phone charging services. Because of this, the comparative cost of solar makes solar energy a very attractive alternative for rural Zambians looking to save money and lead healthier lives.
Because Solar Scouts are themselves members of the off-grid communities they serve, they ensure that solar products are getting to the people who need them most. Every Solar Scout receives ample product and skills training as well as marketing materials before starting to make sales independently in their communities. Scout managers at Zamsolar do routine follow-ups with Solar Scouts and provide support when needed and motivation in the form of friendly competitions with other scouts and other incentives to urge Solar Scouts to do their best.
The Sun King Pro defines the industry's gold standard in affordable solar-powered lanterns with mobile-phone charging capability.
Zamsolar is a social enterprise that empowers a network of sales agents in rural villages and delivers solar products and other cost-saving and income-generating products to the 10 million Zambians who have no electricity. Since January 2013, the Solar Scout program have provided more than 4,000 un-electrified families with safe, affordable, and clean light in rural Zambia through employing and training more than 450 active Solar Scouts.
Zamsolar is now operating in most of Zambia’s major population centers, with hubs in Lusaka, Mumbwa, Kabwe, Kapiri Mphoshi, Mazabuka, Choma, Chipata, Lundazi, and Petauke. In the longer run, they will be targeting five population centers in Zambia’s Northern and Western Provinces as areas for continued expansion.