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Barefoot Power Limited, Africa

Affordable solar products for the poor

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Doing homework by the light of a solar-powered lamp

The social for-profit enterprise Barefoot Power is rolling out a wide range of affordable solar power products at speed across Africa, brightening up the lives of those with limited or no access to grid power. Products range from single desk lamps to complete kits for use by  homes, clinics and schools. To reach large numbers of people, the company sets up and supports distributors in each country of operation, helping them build a sales and service network, and also works with microfinance organisations who can provide loans. So far Barefoot has sold more than 350,000 lanterns and lighting kits, transforming the lives of 1.7 million rural poor in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, India and the Americas.