Currently, more than 3.3 million people die from indoor air pollution every year. This translates to more deaths than HIV/Aids and Malaria combined. Furthermore, many underprivileged children in South Africa do not live in an environment that is conducive to a stable education. This is predominantly due to the lack of financial freedom and access to electricity that many households experience. As a result, kerosene lanterns are used as a substitute, which has the direct implication of household members contracting asthma due to the toxic-fumes kerosene lanterns emit. Additionally, kerosene lanterns have proven to be a highly dangerous fire hazard, especially in densely populated areas.
SOSA Investments (Pty) Ltd is the sole, Southern African distributor of the world’s first low-cost expandable solar lamp, namely the SolarPuff. Using the SolarPuff, SOSA creates a sustainable solution for people in need, thus affecting their everyday life. Consequently, as part of a CSR Initiative, we strive to grant 50 000 units to underprivileged Grade 3 learners in South Africa. This will effectively give them a clean, sustainable source of light in order to have an improved educational experience. Each SolarPuff will be distributed at the beginning of every school year, together with the students’ school packs, which includes their books and stationery.