Sunny Money and OverlandintheSun on NTV Kenya and UNICEF visit

We have been filming at Kibera, Nairobi today, which was shown on NTV Kenya tonight.

Have a watch here

 

Yesterday we were also in Kibera at the SolarAid, Sunny Money project, the Executive Director of UNICEF Ann M Veneman came to visit, I become chief photographer, and began to feel I was on a Ministerial visit (my old work).

A proud Sunny Money customer shows off her Ravi devise. Sunny Money is the brand name that SolarAid use in Africa. One of the core principles of SolarAid is to create business, unfortunately anything with “Aid” in the name gives the impression to Africans that the goods are free. Free, is not sustainable.

Sunny Money

Not only can the Ravi produce light (which is brighter than a standard bulb) it can also charge any mobile phone battery.

A proud Sunny money customer shows off how bright her Ravi is

Kibera is the biggest slum area in East Africa, there is little official electricity. Water and sewage is a real problem for its residents.

Kibera

Solar Power is really seen as a positive way forward for Kenya, but larger systems like the ones below are only affordable for community use – not individual households.

Solar Panels

In stark contrast to the surrounds UNICEF turned up in their bright white brand new Landcruisers (I felt that our tatty 20 year old one seemed opulent!)

UN Landcruiser

Ann M Veneman meets Courtney Paisley of SolarAid

Ann M Veneman

The entourage goes to the Sunny Money Stall. The Stall is designed to be a focal point for the Sunny Money products, not only as a shop window but also to assurance to customers that there is somewhere to go if the products break (the all come with 6-12month warranties, something which is largely unheard of in Kibera)

Sunny Money Stall

And then a argument breaks out – is it a domestic? What is happening, the UNICEF guards get involved….

An argument starts out!

…but no, it is a way of creating a crowd, as a drama group is going to explain why the Sunny Money products are worthwhile. There is no Stage here.

A Crowd in Kibera

Play

Sunny Money

After the play the SolarAid Entrepreneurs explain to the crowd how the can buy there products (and try and get some sales in!)

SolarAid Entroproneaur

Sundae explains how all the Sunny Money products works

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Q and A by the Landcruiser

Walk around

Ent

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