This Initiative is a Private Sector Energised India-US-Africa Sustainable Initiative

Ram Mohan is the Managing Director and Founder of ComAfrique and the initiatior of the ComAfrique Initiative. He is also the Honorary Consul General of India in The Gambia.

Dr Kushant Uppal, founder & CEO of InteliZon is a US Citizen, Educated at the Indian Institute of Technology ( Madras) in Chennai, India and thereafter at the University of Southern California - where he settled down for 20 years returning to India to create InteliZon and Intelligent solutions for Rural Lighting.

How ONE Dalasi ( 0.04US$) per Day CAN give you Light for Life

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Developing Sustainability in Villages - A Unique Initiative

Sustainability with Village participation ... driven by Entrepreneurship and Partnership. We can change the world we live in - in our own small way.

Governments should generate and bring light to all corners of the Country. Many development agencies insist that off-grid solar lights should be paid for and not given free. However Our UNIQUE Initiative strives to get the Private Sector / NGOs / or Governments to provide the instruments of Light to remote Villagers and thereafter let the Villagers sustain it by paying for the usage of light. We believe that just selling Solar Lights to Villagers is not the right way. If you want to make it truly sustainable, deliver the means to them and let them pay to sustain it. This is a better form of development.

How does providing sustainable light enhance Food Security?

Villagers who live in darkness, use daylight for income generation. With Light, they are able to enhance their incomes or productivity at night. Children are able to study at night and Education is the driving force behind development. Thus Light is the source of all development.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

innovation - ZONbulb from InteliZON - a Vision of the Future of Lighting

ZONbulb - An Innovation in Rural and Urban Lighting

For many years, everyone who brought new lighting products to rural areas, designed them on the traditional "lantern".  CFL and LED, solar lights - in the form of a Lantern and this always struck me as strange. Why would you want to move forward looking backward?  The InteliZON range of products have always looked forward. From the ZonLight TASK Light range to the ZonHome range of home lights followed by Zon Street - the products have always been modern.  InteliZons motto "Creating a world of smarter energy" comes clear. Simple yet innovative and forward looking products. And now after extensive research, comes the ZONbulb.

The Worlds first and most innovative Grid/Solar chargeable Li-ion battery backed up bulb that fits into your existing urban light socket OR can be used in rural areas as a solar light - waiting for the future to catch up with them. And definitely NOT reminding them of the darkness and rudimentary lantern, but showing them the way - the future of all lighting. Environmentally friendly and yet modern.
Capable of being used anywhere. 
The image of a Touareg or a Masai villager leaving his Lantern behind and holding a ZONbulb is too vivid an image of development to ignore.
Let India & Africa take the rest of the world to InteliZONs world of smarter energy.
Ram Mohan
The Gambia
January 25th, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

Albreda & Juffereh Villages Implemented - 27th December, 2010

The Villages of Albreda and Juffereh were implemented under the Initiative on 27th December, 2011.
Under the Sponsorship of the U S Embassy Banjul (a sum of GMD 117,600 from the US Ambassadors Self Help Fund)  as well as a part Sponsorship by INTELIZON themselves, the ComAfrique-InteliZon Initiative team carried out the Implementation providing a total of 187 Solar ZonLights ( 117 Sponsored by the US Embassy and 70 Sponsored by InteliZon).

While the inspiration to bring the Initiative to Juffereh and Albreda was due to efforts initially from Tashawna Bethea and the former Ambassador Barry Wells, full credit to current Ambassador White, Deputy Cynthia Gregg and Mr Zacchary Bailey, Political Attache of the US Embassy Banjul who accompanied  Mr Janko Fofana  and even spent the night at Juffereh during the Implementation. Mr Famara Dampha of ComAfrique conducted the handing over ceremony of the ZonLights to the Village ZonLight Committees of the two villages.  Mrs Bailey accompanied the team to witness basic sustainable lights coming to the home of Roots & Kunta Kinteh.

This brings the Total number of villages sponsored to 11 since we commenced in end 2009.

A total of  900 Lights affecting the lives of 4,500 rural folk in a sustainable manner is the achievement of the Initiative to date as this Initiative now goes Africa wide.

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