But the MiniSun12H is just the beginning. Stephen Pearson, the founder of SunLife NGO and its driving force has created an entire system around the theme of renewable energy. The aim of the SunLife System is to reduce the expenditure of rural individuals and communities on fossil fuels by teaching them about renewable sources of lighting and cooking fuels.
The SunLife System includes
1. The use of “Hot Baskets” a method of cooking that reduces cooking fuel use by 40-50%
2. The construction and use of Solar Ovens. Made form cardboard panels covered in aluminium foil these ovens can be used for most cooking and also the pasteurization of water to make it safe to drink.
3. Fuel Rings. Making fuel rings by compressing dried vegetative waste from cooking waste and from around the village. Anyone, even children can do this. These rings can be stored to use as cooking fuel during the rainy season as a substitute for the solar ovens. The rings can also be sold.
4. Establish a “Save The Savings” system and stick to it. By saving the money that would be spent on fuel, villages or individuals can raise capital to improve their standard of living.
5. Purchase a MiniSun12H. The acquisition of this solar LED lamp means that they will no longer have to purchase fossil fuel for lighting.
6. They can now “Save the Savings” of both their cooking and lighting fuels, which usually amounts to a minimum of US$2 per week. (up to 20% of their income).
7. Purchase a “Sunny Saver”. This is a solar lamp and AA battery charger (includes 6 rechargeable AA batteries). This product from SunLife NGO provides LED lighting as well as providing charged batteries for small radio, small fan, torch, mosquito zapper and charge a mobile phone.
The SunLife System teaches self-reliance, and that work is needed to better oneself. It is important to note that although the products are sold, it is not for profit. If the products are given free of charge they are not respected. By charging for the products, SunLife NGO ensures it can carry on its work and that the products will be treated as the life changing tools that they are instead something given away freely indicating it has little value.
SunLifeAfrica volunteers strive to freely educate, to organize and to guide villagers and organizations throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. You can make a donation to their cause on their website via PayPal.
If you would like more information, to find out how you can become an importer or distributor, or any other ways of getting involved please call Stephen Pearson on 01985 213 440 or email stephenpearson@