Development and commercialisation of rechargeable wooden LED lamps
The focus of this project was to work with local staff at Kathmandu AlternativeÂ Power and Energy Group to commercialise a product which would generate recurring income forÂ the organisation, to enable staff to learn the process of commercialisation and to provide employmentÂ and skills in the local community. Rechargeable Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps were deemedÂ suitable for these aims, as they are a simple product, yet one that is urgently required in Nepal due toÂ the prevalence of â€˜load-sheddingâ€™ â€“ scheduled electrical blackouts. After reviewing the market, it wasÂ found that it would be impossible to compete with the price of cheap imported Chinese rechargeableÂ LED lamps, so an alternative approach was taken. This involved sourcing wooden off-cuts from aÂ local furniture factory and transforming them into attractive desk lamps, with the target marketÂ being affluent Nepalis, ex-pats living in Nepal and tourists. Successful initial sales were achievedÂ through a Kathmandu-based ex-pat email group, hotel-markets and souvenir stores. KAPEG staffÂ have continued the project, producing variations on the initial design including Himalayan rock saltÂ lamps, employing local people to manufacture lamps and selling them at markets in Kathmandu.Â Staffing and marketing challenges remain to ensure the lamp manufacture and sales continue.
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