Making your own Solar lamp with Solar Makers

Solar technologies especially solar lamps are gaining ground as an alternative to kerosene in many households in Africa. That being said the products and parts are generally imported from China. We asked ourselves, what could help shift the production of solar technologies to the hands of users in Africa.

To take our research a step further we came up with a workshop and toolkit. In 4 live sessions held at Maker Faire Africa, 90 young people with little or no technical background were taught the basics in solar tech and circuitry, and then went on to make their own solar lamps and furnish them with lamp shades from recycled materials. The enthusiasm was palpable.

With the feedback from the participants we are now exploring how to further harness this potential. Making the lamps yourself is a whole lot cheaper than buying finished products and many people saw possible BOP business models on the horizon.

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