It’s been a record breaking month for SunnyMoney Zambia! In October the Eastern Province team sold 2600 solar products during the schools campaign, bringing the total number of sales for Zambia for the month to 4300. We are projecting even larger sales for November, with the Eastern Province and Lusaka teams both running full tilt across nine districts.
Following successful DEBS (District Education Board Secretary) meetings earlier this week, the team has expanded its operations to three further districts - Katete, Petauke and Sinda. With these three districts our Eastern Province operations now cover over 600 schools in its SunnyMoney programme, that’s 8% of all schools in Zambia!
You leave it a few days and there’s almost too much to update!
Last week we sold over 800 solar products across Chipata district. That’s over 1700 products sold since we arrived last month. Not bad. However, as impressive as these figures are, it really is just a start. As our lights begin to diffuse into communities in the zones in which we are working, and as we become known as a reputable solar provider (I will cover trust issues in a later blog), we find that demand only continues to increase. In our trial we found that the number of products sold remained roughly the same on our second and third deliveries to the zones. We expect that here also. This quickly becomes a lot of products, especially considering that we have only completed first deliveries to 8 of the 23 zones to date.
In addition, the Chipata team had a quick return trip to Lusaka this weekend for a catch up with HQ, a productive comms workshop and a restock of products. We’re now back in Chipata, having today completed our first deliveries in Chadiza district and a meeting with the DEBS in Katete district. Over the next four days we will be delivering to the remaining zones in Chadiza and Chipata. It’s just non-stop!
Today we began sales of our solar lights in Chipata district. The team visited Luona and Chikungu zones where we delivered 189 lights to school representatives.
Luona and Chikungu are two zones of eight involved in our original schools trial that we began in June. To date we have sold over 1500 lights to these eight zones and expect a further 750 sales in the coming week. We will begin our deliveries to the remaining 23 zones in Chipata and Chadiza next week.