Steven Goitseone is one of many South Africans without access to any form of reliable electricity or opportunity for viable employment. The difference with Steven though, is that he makes use of the Ecoboxx Barber Kit and it is improving his current circumstances for the better – daily!
Situated at a taxi rank in Tsepisong (a township next to Soweto), Steven is realising as much as R3,000.00 per month additional income. He does this through offering mobile phone recharging services (R5.00/ charge) and haircuts (R10.00 – R 15.00 each). “I am also able to assist others,” says Steven, who often employs his nephew to man his stand while he in turn goes off in search of other handyman work opportunities.
But it is not only during daylight hours that Steven’s Ecoboxx is proving its worth. “My shack is home to six other people, apart from myself,” says Steven. “As a result of the Ecoboxx, which I take home with me each evening, we now have a reliable source of light in addition to being able to listen to the radio or watch a bit of television.” Yet, one of the biggest benefits lies in its safety. “We no longer need to light candles at night,” says Steven, “greatly reducing the risk of shack fires.”
With his informal settlement not officially connected to the grid, Steven expresses concern over the many illegal connections to be found in townships and settlements around the country. “It is placing our children’s lives in danger. Our children walk over, and past, these makeshift power lines every day, with so many getting hurt as a result.” However, the sad reality is that even with these illegal connections, the power source is still not reliable due to it more often than not being disconnected.
“I would like to see an Ecoboxx in every home in my area,” says Steven, who has already purchased a second kit which he intends selling. “The solar panels are attracting a lot of interest, and I have had many enquiries from both neighbours and friends as to how they too can start to generate their own income, whilst improving the overall quality of their lives.”
Tune into Al Jazeera over the next few weeks to find out more about Steven and his Ecoboxx journey. In the meantime, for additional information on the Ecoboxx Entrepreneurial Kit, contact us today on 021 447 6849 or firstname.lastname@example.org