Altech has sold 150,000 solar energy products since its launch and impacted over 500,000 lives. The lamps are cleaner and safer than kerosene and candles and pay for themselves inside two months and Altech estimate that each month a saving of $5-7 is made.
The lamps bring life and light. They are used by shop owners for selling after dark, by teachers to prepare lesson plans whilst children can do their homework, by people to cook, by doctors to carry our medical procedures and nurses are able to catch up on paperwork. There are even cases of operations being enabled by the light from solar lamps.
As a business Altech now employs 300 people in the role of sales ambassadors. These are young people aged 18-35, mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds. They are amongst a generation who will improve the future for Congo. It seems that momentum is building across the continent to bypass the electricity grid and generate power for lighting, heating and cooking from solar, and Altech are stepping forward to take the lead in this brighter future.