Solar Umbrellas for urban street vendors – Help an NGO build them
𝘈 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘺 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘮𝘴
𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝
A few days back, just as I was about to kick off my dinner, I get this call from Vidhi Aggarwal. I liked everything about the call, except that she called me uncle.
Vidhi runs an NGO (Rosewell) and wants to help struggling urban street vendors do more with the help of solar power.
She is looking for solutions that can both provide a shade to the vendors sitting in the hot sun while also providing them with a light at night so they can sell for longer hours.
𝐒𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐮𝐩 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐚 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐬 – 𝐩𝐮𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 (𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐋𝐄𝐃 𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐬) 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬.
The solar power will 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴 – devices that are lifelines, opening up more business possibilities for them and enabling their kids to study at night.
I’m not sure if this is an original idea (most possibly not), but I’m super sure it is an idea worth trying.
𝐕𝐢𝐝𝐡𝐢 𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐍𝐆𝐎 𝐢𝐧 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧, 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚.
I will be glad to pitch in if needed – please DM me on LinkedIn and I will do the needful.
A rather promising project that can be tried out fairly quickly, in my opinion.
𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐬𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞.
See my LinkedIn post on this topic