Its been "years" since I last posted on this space. There has been a lot going on behind the scenes. As I always say, It is important to always sit down, reflect and chart a new course of ones life everyday. In that same line of thoughts, I went on a personal break to do a soul search of what challenges I can help overcome.
This voyage of discovery, took me to one powerful realization. We need solar power to change the world. Forget the bigger solar panels on the roof of rich people's houses. What we need are small solar lights in the hands of rural women and every school child who lives in a house without electricity.
There are thousands of mothers who go lengths, bredths and widths to raise their children. These are mothers running small scale businesses to support their families and have today raised accountants, managers, successful businessmen and women, you and me. Their same small scale businesses run the economy of this country.
I had an encounter with one Fyness Gama one Thursday night. At 9:45pm, she was still selling banana at Chinsapo Market.
Less than 10 kilometers from Lilongwe town, a spot of light amidst the dark atmosphere was what caught my attention. To increase sales, she trades late into the night with an aid of a small China made tourch. A quick chat with her, revealed that, she uses this small battery powered torch which costs her K150 for 3 batteries per night. That's a total of K1,050 per week, K4,200 per month and K50,400 per year. And how many batteries go into our environment from her torch alone the whole year? That is a topic for another day.
Next to her was Magaret Bamusi who was packing her maize flour and vegetables having exhausted her sales for the night.
She sales on a 1x3 meters bench and uses 2 torches to luminate her place.
Like Fynes, her 2 torches, costs her 2 times what her colleague pays and 2 times used batteries into the environment.
K100,800 per year of her ufa and vegetable sales, goes into importing batteries mostly from India and China and she pays even more as she helps in polluting the environment every time she discards the used batteries.
When I showed these 2 women these figures, they ware shocked, as they did not believe that they lose all this money just to have light for few business hours. Mind you, this is an uncaculated cost to their small businesses.
Then with the SunnyMoney team that I was with, we introduced to Fyness a Pilot X solar light with phone charging capacity which once charged, can stay up to 72hrs while lighting her business place and also charging her phone.
All this at a price of K18,500 cash or can also be bought on pay as you go basis where she pays every week or every month for a total of K25,000. This could save her K50,400 every year that she uses for batteries for the next 5 years and this is double what her collegue Margaret could save. On the other hand, this comes with Zero waste into the environment for the lifetime of this solar light.
This is a story of many other women who are sustaining our economy and raising us and our siblings in the villages.
Now my one question is , "How can we help women like Fyness and Margaret save the money they are losing to unsustainable energy usage?"
Before you call for the next round of booze this evening, before you go print that party T shirt to get her vote in 2019, before buying her those other Christmas gifts, think how much you could be supporting her income generating activities if you bought her one solar light.
Will you tgerefore join hands with SunnyMoney and me in giving a gift of light? Will you be kind enough to buy a solar light for any lady who owns a small business this festive season?
SunnyMoney Malawi is running a perfect promotion for everyone who wants to support other people mainly women who are trying hard to make ends meet and a reliable light is a perfect too they dearly lack.
Get them a Pilot X light that both lights and charges their phones just for K18,500 cash.
I am getting one for my mum for her restaurant business and fundraising for more women to access solar light.
Reliable light in the hands of an enterprising woman, is a powerful too for ending extreme poverty in Malawi.
Drop me an email via firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on +265995460568 if you want to join the solar revolution.
Dennis Imaan is a Global Citizen born and currently staying in Malawi. He loves to share his experiences and lessons with others. Travel, Tourism, Innovations, Media and Youth development are close to his heart.