SunnyMoney becomes biggest seller of solar lights in Africa
Two weeks ago I attended the World Bank/IFC Lighting Africa conference in Dakar along with some colleagues.
At breakfast on the first day, we speculated as to whether SunnyMoney is the biggest last mile seller of solar lights in Africa; or whether that accolade still sits with the French oil giant, Total. Total sell portable solar lights in a number of African countries, through their petrol station forecourts, as well as via other distribution networks they’re working hard to establish.
At SolarAid and SunnyMoney, we have huge respect for the work Total are doing – and will do all that we can to encourage and support it – but it’s hard not to be a bit competitive! So we smiled when we learnt that they have sold 111,000 solar lights in the last three years. Here are our latest figures:
- Sold in the last three years: 203,000
- Sold in the last seven months: 137,500
- Sold in October 2012: 35,000
We believe this makes us the biggest last mile seller of solar lights in Africa; probably by a big margin if you look at our current run rate. We’re very proud that a small social enterprise has knocked an oil multinational into second place. We’re not just proving that we know how to sell solar lights; we’re proving that social enterprises can be an extraordinarily powerful force in today’s economy.