BREAKTHROUGH SOLAR POWERED LAMP OFFER ALTERNATIVE TO TOXIC KEROSENE
English Led Charity Seeks Crowdfunding To Take Prototype Into Production
A new solar powered lamp prototype that could improve/change the lives of millions living in Africa and around the world is close to development. The UK & Ghana based charity SunLife is raising money through crowdfunding to bring this dream of safer, cleaner and free energy use to the people of Ghana in the MiniSun12H’s final trials.
The MiniSun12H is a small, robust, portable solar powered LED lamp. It requires only 8 hours of sunlight, something that the people of Africa don’t lack, for a full 12 hour charge. It has been reversed engineered so that when it is retailed at $5, it is affordable and in direct competition with the dangerous kerosene lamp that is the most commonly used form of lighting for most of the rural poor.
The dangers of kerosene lamps are very real. The World Bank estimates that 780 million women and children breathing kerosene fumes inhale smoke equivalent to 2 packs of cigarettes every day. 60% of adult female lung-cancer victims in developing nations are non smokers. These fumes kill an estimated 1.5 million women and children in Africa every year. The kerosene needed for the lamps is a constant burden on the household income for these very poor people
SunLife volunteers are working in Ghana with the few prototypes that have been developed, and have received excellent feedback from villagers and community organisations. This has prompted the launch of a crowd funding campaign on the crowd funding site indiegogo, details of which can be found here:
Stephen Pearson, founder of volunteer led SunLife NGO and primary force behind the MiniSun12H said, “we’re excited about the future, but our focus for now is to get as many people involved in the crowd funding campaign for MiniSun12H as possible.”
If you would like more information, or to schedule an interview please call Stephen Pearson on 01985 213 440 or email Stephenpearson@