Barefoot Power India Private Ltd has installed two Solar School charging stations in partnership with Evangelical Social Action Forum (ESAF) and Technology, Education, Research and Rehabilitation for the Environment Centre (TERRE) in Rural India this June, giving students a big reason to come into school everyday. These stations address the basic lighting needs of households that have limited or no access to energy by charging Firefly desk lamps that are then purchased by the student via a lease model.

Affordable solar lamps will be reached out to 8500 school children in 45 schools by end of 2013. The Girl Child’s Right to Education Project (though boys are not excluded) is initiated by Vi Agroforestry, supported by Barefoot Power Uganda Ltd and funded by Radio Music fund from Sweden. Teachers, pupils, parents and school management committees in 45 schools will be introduced to the use of solar energy as a source of power in education system. The project aims to reduce the use of kerosene lamps,

One Renewable Energy Enterprise, Inc. “One Renewable” was established in 2008 by former employees of Shell Solar Philippines Corporation (SSPC) who desired to pursue the business after the global scale down of Shell Renewables. The team is considered a prime mover of the rural retail segment of the solar industry in the Philippines because it pioneered the development of rural retail market for solar energy business.

Barefoot Power’s recycling policy in Uganda Barefoot Power Uganda encourages the process of battery recycling by working closely with our network of dealers and retailers. They are required to give any client that is interested in replacing the battery a 10% discount on the new improved battery version. This strategy helps us to re-collect the old batteries in our Kampala Head office prior to environmentally disposing them. 

In Uganda, 5 million households (85% of the population) lack access to electricity. It has become evident that access to reliable electricity plays a major role in development. One of the major problems for developing countries that lack electricity is expensive, unhealthy, unsafe lighting alternatives. Most Ugandans use kerosene lanterns or candles for lighting which produce poor quality light, have unsafe open flames that cause fires, and with kerosene price fluctuations, they are not affordable.

Simba Telecom is the biggest mobile phone retailer in East Africa, with more than 30 retail outlets and hundreds of mobile dealers in Uganda. In December 2010, Simba selected the Barefoot Power Firefly12 Mobile Lamp to provide phone charging capabilities.

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