Through Bright Future Fagerhult want to contribute to a brighter future for more by spreading environmentally friendly and healthy lighting for poor people, especially in Africa, and contribute to increased incomes for these. The project also helps to reducing CO2 emissions in the world.
To achieve this, we collaborate with, and support, the Solar Sister organization in Tanzania. Bright Future contribute to spreading solar lighting in an area in north-eastern Tanzania, in the Tanga and Kilimanjaro regions. Tanzania is one of the world's poorest countries and it is estimated that 80 per cent of the population lacks access to electricity.
Bright Future engage our employees both to broad and active and they contribute with time, money and commitment.
Solar Sisters are present in Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania. The aim is to eradicate energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity by selling and distributing solar powered lamps in areas with no or limited access to electricity.
Using an Avon-style women’s distribution system, Solar Sister trains, recruits and supports female entrepreneurs to sell affordable solar lighting in rural Tanzania.
The customer can choose between different models that cost between US $ 15-40. The more expensive even has a USB connection where one can charge the mobile phone, which you would otherwise have to pay for.
Solar Sisters are quality reviewed by our collaboration partner Social Initiative.
Why is it important to engage?
Fagerhult has always taken a local social responsibility, and as we grow globally, we want to take on a broader responsibility. If we take our responsibility today, we have better opportunities to achieve success in the future.
In the lighting industry today we talk about Human Centric Lighting and Lighting for people, focusing on lighting quality, ambient light, Tunable White and so on but these are luxury issues for the 1.7 billion people that live off-grid worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa it is estimated that 590 million people lack access to electricity.
Where people lack electricity they have to light their homes, schools, shops and so on with fuel-based lighting where kerosene is the most common fuel. This has negative consequences for people’s health, and hundreds of thousands die each year of diseases that are related to the use of kerosene. But it is not just the health that is affected. The use of kerosene for lighting affects the climate more than all the CO2 emissions throughout the UK annually. In sub-Saharan Africa use of kerosene correspond to approximately Spain's entire emissions of CO2.
By supporting Solar Sisters and their work in Tanzania Bright Future contributes to annually help about 15,000 people to better light and hence a better life, and to recruit and train an additional 65 Solar Sister entrepreneurs each year. The female entrepreneurs receive training and a start-up kit to get started with their sales. The increased income among these women is reinvested in the families.