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PORTABLE SOLAR POWER PRODUCTS EMPOWER CAPE TOWN COMMUNITIES

Sungrid Group, in partnership with The Community Chest, lighting up lives

 The Sungrid Group, developer, manufacturer and distributor of portable (solar) power and lighting products, has partnered with The Community Chest of the Western Cape to both power and empower Cape Town’s rural and township communities.

“A key part of our company’s focus is to have our products make a difference in the lives of others,” says Hugo Blaisse, Director, Sungrid Group and responsible for all NGO and other CSI related activities. To this end, the last few months has seen Sungrid Group partner with leading humanitarian agencies including the likes of United Nations, in its bid to fulfil on this vision.

Known as the ‘Amandla Project’, the objective behind Sungrid Group’s local initiative with The Community Chest is to address unemployment, whilst combatting the effects that load shedding has on those with limited resources. “We live in a country where, at any given time, up to 10 million people have no access to electricity,” continues Blaisse. “Add to this the catastrophic effects on business and lifestyle as a result of ever-increasing load shedding, and it becomes virtually impossible for many South Africans to improve their quality of life or create financially viable opportunities.”

‘Amanda Project’ aims to change this. Operating under the slogan “Power your home; Empower your life”, it is providing entrepreneurs in townships and rural areas with the opportunity to not only power their homes, but also to use the products as a business tool to generate income.

“The basis for the project lies in the specially designed Ecoboxx Entrepreneur Kits”, says Blaisse. A solar generator providing plug-and-play portable light and power, Ecoboxx has been very well received in the local market since its launch early 2014. Powered by unique lead crystal battery technology, it is highly durable with double the lifespan of conventional alternatives. With
a range of more than 15 power Qubes (50W – 1500W), EcoBoxx caters to any and all power needs.

The specially designed Ecoboxx Entrepreneur Kits are easily transportable and effortlessly set up at any locale. Capable of providing 80 hours of power, it comes complete with two bright LED lights, a USB-driven fan, a pair of hair clippers and a multi-device mobile phone charging cable. “Basically, it enables any aspiring entrepreneur to not only power their own home, but similarly to generate an income by opening up a barber shop and selling mobile phone charging time, anywhere there is a need,” continues Blaisse.

The project has already trained 300 graduates, with up to 963 kits to be distributed over the coming year. “It is our hope, and our goal, that by using our products in this way in townships and rural areas, that it will have a positive impact on the economic development of South Africa and its people,” concludes Blaisse.

SUNGRID GROUP EMPOWERING CAPE TOWN’S RURAL AND TOWNSHIP AREAS

In keeping with its vision of making a difference in the lives of others, Sungrid Group is thrilled to announce its most recent project with The Community Chest of the Western Cape.

Known as “Amandla Project’, and operating under the slogan “Power your home; Empower your life”, specially designed Ecoboxx Entrepreneur Kits are being made available throughout Cape Town’s townships and rural areas. These kits are providing entrepreneurs with the opportunity to not only power their homes, but also to use the products as a business tool to generate income.

The specially designed Ecoboxx Entrepreneur Kits are easily transportable and effortlessly set up at any locale. Capable of providing 80 hours of power, it comes complete with two bright LED lights, a USB-driven fan, a pair of hair clippers and a multi-device mobile phone charging cable. “Basically, it enables any aspiring entrepreneur to not only power their own home, but similarly to generate an income by opening up a barber shop and selling mobile phone charging time, anywhere there is a need,” says Hugo Blaisse, Director, Sungrid Group and responsible for all NGO and other CSI related activities.

The project has already trained 300 graduates, with up to 963 kits to be distributed over the coming year. “It is our hope, and our goal, that by using our products in this way in townships and rural areas, that it will have a positive impact on the economic development of South Africa and its people,” concludes Blaisse.

PORTABLE SOLAR POWER KITS FOR TOWNSHIP ENTREPRENEURS

Community Chest Chief Executive Officer Lorenzo Davids announced that portable solar powered EcoBoxx Entrepreneur Kits will be used to help entrepreneurs in townships and rural areas power their homes and businesses. 963 candidates from the larger Cape Town area will benefit from this project and will be equipped with the business skills- through basics of business training- and the tools through the portable solar power kit to start their small business.

The lightweight, portable kit, which is charged through two solar panels, provides 50 hours of power. Included in the package are two bright LED lights, a USB-driven fan, a pair of hair clippers, and a multi-device cellphone charging cable. It is easily transported and instantly ready for set up at any locale. An aspiring entrepreneur now has the ability to generate an income by opening up a barbershop and selling cellphone charging time anywhere in the community, all powered by free energy from the sun.

Davids pointed out that the importance of the small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMME) sector was crucial to lifting people out of the poverty trap. In 2014, 2.8-million SMMEs contributed almost 40% of the nation’s GDP and provided more than 50% of employment.

The projected earnings from utilising the kit are substantial. “An entrepreneurial barber, who had selected the right location, could earn up to R800 to R1000 per week if they did eight haircuts at R10 and 16 mobile charges at R5 per day, over a 5-7 work day week.

Community Chest Amandla! Project’s job creation strategy encourages the entrepreneurs to look at their community and identify its needs for various products or services. These may take the form of identifying a difficulty the community is facing and determining what product or service could help address that difficulty.

Merle Mills, Project Manager said that apart from having a “go-getter” attitude, candidates ideally needed also to be aware of the needs of their community. “We are looking for self-starters,” she said. “Active citizens who are intuitive about their communities, and have ideas of how to better their neighbourhoods, such as using the kit to provide light for learners to study at night or lighting dark street corners as an increased safety precaution. It is for this reason that we look to individuals such as Faieza and Ebrahim Fourie, the founders of Women for Change – a Mitchell’s Plain based organisation participating in the project, “she added.

“Community Chest is about using donor resources to launch innovation in philanthropy that inspires change and builds safe platforms for the future of our democracy. Our children, with their mothers and their fathers, must be able to rise from the shackles of a shrinking economy and crippling disadvantage to take ownership of not just reducing poverty but of a new mind set to use these innovative ideas to become first generation wealth creators. That’s the South Africa we are helping to build” said Mr Davids.

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PORTABLE SOLAR POWER ‘LIGHTING UP’ TOWNSHIP ENTREPRENEURS

If Eskom cannot meet the demands of its current customers, it would be foolhardy to expect it to connect enterprises in townships and rural areas to Entrepreneurs in rural areas and townships do not have the luxury of waiting for Eskom for a long time to connect them to the grid as they need electricity to operate their businesses urgently.

As the power utility provider struggles to keep the lights in most households on, one entrepreneur has taken over the mantle. Community Chest Chief Executive Officer, Lorenzo Davids, has announced that portable solar powered EcoBoxx Entrepreneur Kits will be used to help entrepreneurs in townships and rural areas power their homes and businesses.

Davids has targeted 963 candidates from the larger Cape Town area to benefit from this project. The beneficiaries will be equipped with the business skills- through basics of business training- and the tools through the portable solar power kit to start their small business.
There are a host of benefits for the end-user, say Davids. ““An entrepreneurial barber, who had selected the right location, could earn up to R800 to R1000 per week if they did eight haircuts at R10 and 16 mobile charges at R5 per day, over a 5-7 work day week.”

Justifying the move, Davids says he realised that the importance of the small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMME) sector is crucial to lifting people out of the poverty trap.
The lightweight, portable kit, which is charged through two solar panels, provides 50 hours of power. Included in the package are two bright LED lights, a USB-driven fan, a pair of hair clippers, and a multi-device cellphone charging cable. It is easily transported and instantly ready for set up at any locale. An aspiring entrepreneur now has the ability to generate an income by opening up a barbershop and selling cellphone charging time anywhere in the community, all powered by free energy from the sun.

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COMMUNITY CHEST LAUNCHES AMANDLA! PROJECT

The failure of a reliable energy supply to the South African economy will have long-term consequences for economic growth. Most at risk from this slowdown in economic growth are the poor and their children.

An innovative approach by funder agency, Community Chest, has seen the door of opportunity being opened for poor people who wish to secure their own advancement as entrepreneurs. Community Chest, with its commitment to long-term sustainable solutions, decided to launch its Amandla! Project with the slogan ‘Power your home, Empower your life’.

The agency has partnered with a technology company to provide portable solar power solutions to the South African market. It believes that providing solar-powered electricity to township and rural communities in South Africa will encourage and boost economic development.

Community Chest CEO, Lorenzo Davids, said the portable solar powered EcoBoxx Entrepreneur Kit will help entrepreneurs in townships and rural areas to not only ‘electrify’ their homes, but also use it as a business tool to provide an income into that home and community. 963 candidates from the larger Cape Town area will benefit from this project and will be equipped with the business skills- through basics of business training- and the tools through the portable solar power kit to start their small business.

Complete package

The lightweight, portable kit, which is charged through two solar panels, provides 50 hours of power. Included in the package are two bright LED lights, a USB-driven fan, a pair of hair clippers, and a multi-device cellphone charging cable. It is easily transported and instantly ready for set up at any locale. An aspiring entrepreneur now has the ability to generate an income by opening up a barbershop and selling cellphone charging time anywhere in the community.

The projected earnings from utilising the kit are substantial. An entrepreneurial barber, who had selected the right location, could earn between R800 and R1,000 per week if they did eight haircuts at R10 and 16 mobile charges at R5 per day, over a 5-7 work day week.

Project manager Merle Mills said that apart from having a go-getter attitude, candidates ideally needed also to be aware of the needs of their community. “We are looking for self-starters. Active citizens who are intuitive about their communities, and have ideas of how to better their neighbourhoods, such as using the kit to provide light for learners to study at night or lighting dark street corners as an increased safety precaution,” she said.

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BRINGING POWER TO THE PEOPLE

Electricity provision is a crisis in South Africa. The failure of a reliable energy supply to the South African economy will have long term consequences for economic growth. Most at risk from this slowdown in economic growth are the poor – and their children.

But an innovative approach by funder agency, Community Chest, has seen the door of opportunity being opened for poor people who wish to secure their own advancement as entrepreneurs.

On any given day over 10-million South Africans who have no access to electricity whatsoever. The chances of freeing themselves from poverty and contributing to the economy are greatly diminished by their lack of access to a basic service like electricity.

According to StatsSA the number of unemployed people increased in the second quarter of 2014 to 5.2-million—and increasing the unemployment rate to 25.5%. The crisis within Eskom and the resultant irregular supply of power due to load shedding further threatens the survival of small businesses and lessens the chance of entrepreneurs emerging and contributing to the economy.

It was with this in mind that the Community Chest, with its commitment to long-term sustainable solutions, decided to launch its Amandla! Project with the slogan “Power your home, Empower your life”.

Community Chest has partnered with a technology company to provide portable solar power solutions to the South African market. It believes that providing solar-powered electricity to township and rural communities in South Africa will encourage and boost economic development.

Community Chest Chief Executive Officer Lorenzo Davids said the portable solar powered EcoBoxx Entrepreneur Kit will help entrepreneurs in townships and rural areas to not only “electrify” their homes but also use it as a business tool to provide an income into that home and community. 963 candidates from the larger Cape Town area will benefit from this project and will be equipped with the business skills- through basics of business training- and the tools through the portable solar power kit to start their small business.

The lightweight, portable kit, which is charged through two solar panels, provides 50 hours of power. Included in the package are two bright LED lights, a USB-driven fan, a pair of hair clippers, and a multi-device cellphone charging cable. It is easily transported and instantly ready for set up at any locale. An aspiring entrepreneur now has the ability to generate an income by opening up a barbershop and selling cellphone charging time anywhere in the community, all powered by free energy from the sun.

He pointed out that the importance of the small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMME) sector was crucial to lifting people out of the poverty trap. In 2014, 2.8-million SMMEs contributed almost 40% of the nation’s GDP and provided more than 50% of employment.

The projected earnings from utilising the kit are substantial. “An entrepreneurial barber, who had selected the right location, could earn up to R800 to R1000 per week if they did eight haircuts at R10 and 16 mobile charges at R5 per day, over a 5-7 work day week.
Community Chest Amandla! Project’s job creation strategy encourages the entrepreneurs to look at their community and identify its needs for various products or services. These may take the form of identifying a difficulty the community is facing and determining what product or service could help address that difficulty.

Merle Mills, Project Manager said that apart from having a “go-getter” attitude, candidates ideally needed also to be aware of the needs of their community. “We are looking for self-starters,” she said. “Active citizens who are intuitive about their communities, and have ideas of how to better their neighbourhoods, such as using the kit to provide light for learners to study at night or lighting dark street corners as an increased safety precaution. It is for this reason that we look to individuals such as Faieza and Ebrahim Fourie, the founders of Women for Change – a Mitchell’s Plain based organisation participating in the project, “she added.
“Community Chest is about using donor resources to launch innovation in philanthropy that inspires change and builds safe platforms for the future of our democracy. Our children, with their mothers and their fathers, must be able to rise from the shackles of a shrinking economy and crippling disadvantage to take ownership of not just reducing poverty but of a new mind set to use these innovative ideas to become first generation wealth creators. That’s the South Africa we are helping to build” said Mr Davids.

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