Lighting up the future
BROTHERS LAUNCH PROJECT TO POWER UP THE POOR OF KENYA
NEED A TRADIE? NOW you can light up your house and help light up a home in Kenya too.
Brothers Barry and David O’Driscoll, who both attended Curtin University, last week launched the Brightgreen Light Up Kenya Project to help tackle poverty in off-grid areas of Kenya.
People in Perth can buy Brightgreen products through local retailers and, for every $2000 spent, a solar LED kit that includes a solar panel, two bulbs, a power storage system and mobile phone charging dock will be given to an off-grid home in Kenya.
The brothers founded Brightgreen in their home garage in 2008, with the aim of taking on the world’s biggest lighting manufacturers and ending the cycle of wastage encouraged by incandescent and halogen light bulbs.
The company has since relocated to headquarters in Melbourne.
In Kenya, the most popular alternative to electrical lighting used by off-grid families is paraffin lamps.
The brothers say these are expensive to fuel, costing up to 25 per cent of a typical family income, and produce toxic fumes that are respon- sible for increasingly dangerous health and respiratory issues, leading to up to 12,000 deaths per year.
Chief executive and head of design David O’Driscol said the project provided more than just lighting.
“Not only is access to sustainable lighting important for social and financial development, it is also the gateway to improved education and independent business en- deavors, empowering offgrid Kenyan communities to build their own futures,” he said.
Visit website Brightgreen .com/lightupkenya for more information on the project.
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