Over the past few months, GCS’ focus has been all about distribution. We’ve figured out how to penetrate the villages with our vehicle and village meetings, but we realized…GCS needs an offseason product! With all our village visits, there seemed to be such a need an interest in phone charging and lighting at night. So…
The lamp is not a product of GCS, but actually a product of Greenlight Planet, another US-founded social enterprise. Why this new non-bicycle-related product?!?
Basically, it’s a great product with a one-year warranty, provides phone charging and lighting in the village with no added infrastructure, and it meets a huge need with great potential as a service product! Just as people could rent out our maize shelling bicycles, people can now rent out these lights. Or on the flip side, just like our maize sheller machine creates micro-entrepreneurship, so do these lights, creating rural employment and empowering entrepreneurs to help themselves climb out of poverty while making an impact in their community.
In setting up the distribution of these lights, when the maize season comes around, we’ll be ready with a massive network! As for how things are moving, over the past 5 days, we’ve sold 21 lights. Not a bad start…I’ll keep you posted! And stay on the lookout for an upcoming blog post from our very own Reuben!
We have some major changes coming up this holiday season to kick us off into an exciting year ahead.
Jodie | Arusha