I am looking to be in Ghana by end of July to discuss with Kwabena and others about the setting up of a social solar enterprise, which will provide high quality solar related products to the many and not the few at prices, where the profit is re-invested into better education of the greater use of solar energy off grid across Ghana.
After 5 days in Ghana, i travel on to Jo Burg, Sth Africa to meet up with the two founders of the Community for a Sustainable World (CSW) and there volenteers, who along with me will spend 3 weeks in a community of 200 orphan children with Aids and HIV to make repairs, improve the efficiency of the appliances and for me start the process of costing out what it will take to convert the community to off grid hot water and electricity.
We start with the switch of all old lights to LED, followed by changing the outdated well pumping system with a diesal back up to 100% solar pumping.
On the 13th June, i met up with Kwabena Danso in London, who was looking to find a UK importer/distributor for his NOW famous Booomers Bamboo Bikes.
His company received foreign aid from the UK government, which has resulted in an increase to 40 workers in his Village, where the bike frames are produced. He now exports $250,000 in value to countries like Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, USA and Australia.
His presentation at a community hall in Bermondsey, London attracted around 40 people including the Ghana minister for trade and investmen who i gave my business card too as well as one of my LED 10 watt own brand bulbs, so he could consider if this idea could be sold to the government of Ghana.
I was given 10 minutes to present a range of my Portable solar lighting products, including my plans to switch Ghana as I am planning in Senegal to 100% LED light bulbs by 2020.
I am also seeking to help kwabena localy with a local bike assembly business for his Bamboo bikes
June the 29th 2017
This day I congratulate myself reaching 70 years on this earth and where i will be and what will i being doing when i reach 80!
One thing is guranteed, i will not be retireing any time soon, as its only when you reach such an age with 43 yrs in business start ups, that you have the experiance and knowledge to take you to the next 10 yrs