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The Natural Light project creates employment opportunities in Africa


The sale of Natural Light solar lamps donated by Velux Group have not only brought a sustainable source of light to isolated Zambian communities without electricity; they have also led to creating a business model that allows local sales agents to earn a living.

There are currently almost ninety agents who have built their own business selling natural light solar lamps; together they have incorporated a company to share transport costs and mutually advise each other on the sales process. 7,000 lamps have hitherto been sold in Zambia.

”Our goal is to sell 10,000 lamps per year and to expand into more districts. Another idea we are considering is to buy some bicycles to enable us to cover a larger area. At this time, the greater part of the sales network is covered on foot and so only reaches a limited area”, explains Mosses Mkamsamuele, the local coordinator.

The Natural Light project was created by Velux in collaboration with Little Sun and the NGO Plan Internacional on occasion of Velux Group’s 75th anniversary. For the founder of Little Sun, the artist Olafur Eliasson, "Natural Light solar lamps not only provide energy for off-grid communities in sub-Saharan Africa; they also offer people a new opportunity to take charge of their own lives. By providing sustainable, safe and affordable lighting, we have succeeded in making people more independent, allowing them to safely work, study and cook after dusk".


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