Solar Lamp project - Background problems
The lamps produced by women are not “marketable” because the structure made is not solid enough, the light provided by LED Safari is not bright enough, the solar panel is not removable and thus makes the lamp easy prey for thieves.
In the market there are other lamps that are not affected by the previous defects, such as those provided by Silver Sun, solar manufacturing company in India.
So Sujit Kumar Brahmochary, director of IIMC and current Indian partner of Project for People, made the decision to buy all the components of the lamp from Silver Sun, even if they are of poor quality.
By making the women build lamps with prefabricated structures it means giving up on the creative and sustainable aspect of the project, aimed not only at creating a business for women, but also educating the local community on the importance of clean energy and the re-use of materials. In particular, these last two issues are very important for the development of this country. The waste collection system is inefficient and is active only in urban areas. In rural areas, there is a collection system, however the only method used for waste disposal through using a furnace.