News 2010

Sunlabob conducts information session on Solar Lantern Rental System in Afghanistan

In Mar 2010, Sunlabob conducted an information session on the commissioning of the Solar Lantern Rental System (SLRS) in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The purpose of the session, organised and funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprise Development (ASMED), and Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI), was to educate potential Afghanistan partners on the lantern program. In 4 days, the comprehensive session covered topics such as installation, maintenance and troubleshooting issues, operational concepts, financial issues, and community facilitation with regards to the lantern approach.

Upon completion of the information session, all 11 participants received a certificate of completion.

In May 2009, Sunlabob was approached by USAID, ASMED, and DAI to carry out an assessment of the feasibility of the solar lamp project in Afghanistan. Many potential contributors were met, from the business sector, the NGO sector, and the Afghan government, in order to identify opportunities for private-public partnerships and to link potential partners to business services. After initial research, a business approach was designed and a 2-phase operational model was proposed (adapted from Sunlabob’s existing models in Laos and Uganda).

With the completion of the successful information session, Sunlabob looks forward to establishing partnerships with Afghan partners and bringing the SLRS to impoverished areas of Afghanistan and the region.