I bought my Sunking Home 60 Solar Lamp System this week in Siaya, Kenya. I am very excited and looking forward to enjoying the services of this pay-as-you-go enabled solar kit which comes with three lights and options to charge cell phones and my small portable radio.
The unit comes with 6 Watts solar polycrystalline panel, control panel with 5.5V USB and 12V DC power output, 2 overhead lamps with switch, and a radio. The control panel has a display with two indicators 1) for the battery status: to indicate the remaining battery power and 2) solar charge indicator: to indicate effectiveness of the charging by the solar panel in a scale of 1-5 and this helps user to position the panel for maximum performance.
The radio is a portable FM radio with internal 650 mAh battery that is recharged via USB. It operates in two modes FM radio and MP3 music player. It can read micro SD card and with an inbuilt display it can show the FM stations in radio mode and songs number in music mode. I am impressed with this radio’s clear sound and decent bass.
This unit will complement my power supply for lighting and phone charging needs at my home. We will continue to have better lighting even during the periods of blackout.
The purchasing – which included the vendors getting my personal data and activating my unit took about 10 minutes only. I did my first payment and My Sunking unit was activated immediately through the vendors mobile phone. I made down payment and was ready to use the sytem.
I will continue to observe performance of this unit and will update you in the coming weeks.
In addition to the resources-based empowerment – i.e. the provision of external support to women entrepreneurs such as market opportunities, business financing, knowledge and skill building or education, it is equally important to foster internal aspects such as such as self-esteem, personal power, reflective thinking to increase one’s capacity to take decisions and act towards one’s goals. This kind of empowerment focuses on fostering internal support- the psychological state that is necessary to enhance women entrepreneurs’ ability to formulate strategic choices and to control resources and decisions that affect their life outcomes.
This is from my experience in gender mainstreaming in energy projects and recent projects that I am involved with in partnership with the wPOWER.
The burden of energy poverty falls heavily upon the shoulders of women.
Lack of access to energy means that women are forced to rely on harmful, inefficient, and expensive sources of cooking, heating, and lighting.
Fortunately, these same women are the keys to eliminating energy poverty, spurring economic growth, and combating climate change.
The simple truth is that our hope for a low-carbon future lies in the hands of women entrepreneurs who can push for the adoption of renewable and sustainable sources of energy in underserved communities.
Here’s the case for women entrepreneurs in clean energy.
1.2 billion people have no access to electricity; 620 million of them live in Sub Saharan Africa.
38% of the world’s population (2.7 billion people) relies on traditional and inefficient forms of cooking and heating.
Household air pollution results in the deaths of 600,000 Africans yearly, with half of the…
Rural customers need to be educated, trained and provided with the means (e.g. product sales, financing) that enable them to use our electricity to develop themselves and improve their lives. This is more than a single private business can offer thus private companies are actively developing NGO and business partnerships to provide these services.