In December 2015, GLOW partnered with Sunny Money Tanzania to provide portable light to 500 rural homes, and two hospitals in Berega, Tanzania.
Because Berega is spread out, and made up of several thousand people, we partnered with an on-site American NGO, Hands4Africa, to best direct our solar distribution channels based on their years of experience within the community. Hands4Africa is an organization that is committed to improving the lives of mothers, children, and families through sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, to provide education, and improve healthcare.
Although we did not require members to pay back the total cost of the light, we still provided financial planning insights to help break down the amount people were spending on kerosene for light in relation to their salary. We find that if they continually deposited this same amount into their newly opened savings account, then they would be able to pay off the light easily within 6 months (or less).
The idea was to encourage savings so that people were financially responsible for technical support they might need with the product down the line, or to buy a whole new light altogether without continually relying on donations.