Nuru Lighting Project – Rwanda
The purpose of the project is to provide an affordable, clean and safe lighting solution to households in Rwanda. Currently most households use kerosene. Nuru lighting consists of 2 technologies:
Nuru light – Rechargeable battery powered LED lights. When fully charged for 20 mins, the light lasts for 10-20 hours depending on light setting.
Nuru POWERCycle – Worlds first commercially available pedal generator kit. Human powered with a rated output capacity of 65W. The generator has a built-in docking station allowing for 5 lights to be charged at the same time (approx. 20 mins).
Nuru’s business model focuses on delivery through a network of entrepreneurs/micro-franchises who sell or rent Nuru lights and charge a small fee for using the POWERCycle. The model is based upon the purchase patterns of kerosene i.e. small fee on frequent basis.
- Increased access to lighting
- Cost reduction compared to kerosene
- Health improvements – both respiratory and burns from kerosene
- Improved school performance – creates time for studying due to access to lighting