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.
Not only can the Ravi produce light (which is brighter than a standard bulb) it can also charge any mobile phone battery.
Kibera is the biggest slum area in East Africa, there is little official electricity. Water and sewage is a real problem for its residents.
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.
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!)
Ann M Veneman meets Courtney Paisley of SolarAid
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)
And then a argument breaks out – is it a domestic? What is happening, the UNICEF guards get involved….
…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.
After the play the SolarAid Entrepreneurs explain to the crowd how the can buy there products (and try and get some sales in!)
Sundae explains how all the Sunny Money products works
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