More than 10 million people in Mali do not have access to electricity and are left with only expensive and dangerous lighting sources like kerosene lamps as options. NOTS gets high-quality, affordable solar lamps to the people who need them most. This simple technology increases household incomes, improves health conditions and reduces environmental contamination.
To reach as many people without electricity as possible – from dense, urban areas to remote, rural communities - NOTS developed an integrated sales and distribution model. We are structured financially so that the entire value chain benefits, allowing us to grow and expand and eradicate the use of kerosene lamps once and for all. We set a fixed retail price to ensure that lamps are affordable for end consumers and deliver margins to distributors and NGO sales partners so that they can develop viable local businesses. Here is how we get our lamps to end consumers:
Traditional Distributors: We work with a select group of existing distributors who have sufficient distribution infrastructure, such as warehouses and transport, and relationships with small retailers.
NGO Sales Partners: In collaboration with women’s associations and cooperatives, NOTS trains and supports budding entrepreneurs to start solar lamp sales businesses.
- NOTS Sales Representatives: We have dedicated staff out in the field educating communities on the benefits of solar lamps.
- 30-100% increase in annual household income after the lamp is earned back (typically in 3 to 5 months)
- 3 hours extra study time on average for children/students
- Improved health (The average family inhales the equivalent of 2 packs of cigarettes per day in kerosene fumes)
- 100kg of CO2 reduced per year for each kerosene lamp replaced
- Time saved that would have been spent walking to charge mobile telephones
Solar lamp distribution via motorbike d.light S300 with mobile phone charger