Light­ing up the fu­ture

BROTHERS LAUNCH PROJECT TO POWER UP THE POOR OF KENYA

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Curtin University - Emma Clayton

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.

Beothees Baeey acd David O’Deis­coll have laucched the Beight­geeec Light U, Ke­cya Peo­ject to hel, tackle ,oveety ic ee­bote ,aets of Ke­cya.

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