2019 Product Launch – Solar 4 Schools!

To enable long-term sustainability of private schools in development settings, CIS has conducted 122 interviews in 2018. CIS have identified energy as a main challenge faced by schools. Therefore, we launched Solar 4 Schools in 2019. It’s time to light the schools with the power from the sun!

Since the start of the new educational curriculum in Kenya, access to power becomes more and more significant to schools. However, due to the various barriers, it is still a challenge to most schools, especially those being blocked outside of the public education system – low-cost private schools.

  • Limited access to electricity

Around 40% of people in Kenya do not have access to electricity and that is also true for schools. Furthermore, even areas connected to grid electricity suffer various power failures (i.e. expensive for installation & monthly consume, unreliability).

  • Too expensive

No matter it’s a school in the city or rural areas, they are actually spending more than what they should spend on lighting the schools.

For those (schools) who can access grid power, the high expenses on installation and monthly cost make electricity still unaffordable to most schools. For those who cannot access grid power, their monthly expenses on alternatives (i.e. kerosene) are in fact more costly.

  • Dim

The light is too dim to read or study without straining the eyes. In the long term, it can lead to eye problems to both students and teachers in the schools.

  • Unstable income

As some parents cannot pay the tuition fee on time (some even fail to pay), most schools are suffering from the unstable income and are looking for solutions.


We offer a new solution specially designed for schools in order to make off-grid energy accessible and affordable to schools. With this product, schools can, 

  • Gain access to electricity

The possibility of accessing solar power with an affordable price and getting a product specially designed for schools.

  • Reduce costs on lighting & powering

This solar product will enable the school to reduce costs. Within 13 months, the school owns the product, and have free energy for life.

  • Improve students and teachers health

With lights in the classrooms, the vision of students and teachers will be improved.

  • Gain a new source of income

With this product, schools can start a small business (Phone Charging Business) which can help bring in a new source of income to schools. With this additional income, schools can satisfy their operational needs (i.e. teachers’ salary, feeding).


As an alternative to grid power, this product is a new solution designed for schools. With this product, schools can access to off-grid power, save money (vs. grid power and kerosene), and start a small business as a new source of the school’s income.

What kind of features does the product have?

Schools can use the product to,

  • light multi-classrooms
  • power TV and computer
  • run a phone charging business

What are the technologies involved?

  • Keycode Data Transfer
  • Machine to Machine Technology
  • Raspberry Coding

Wanna pay little by little?

We provide a special payment approach to schools who want to pay little by little – EasyBuy. Email us to check out how it works.

Wanna make an order?

Up to now, we have received 3 pre-orders from schools. If you don’t want to miss out, simply email us: changemakerinslums@gmail.com!