Kwantlen Polytechnic students raise money to provide solar power and light for communities in Africa

Kwantlen Polytechnic

from Richmond News:

“They couldn’t get their collective minds around the concept of burying their heads in their books at night without having any proper light.

And when they learned that impoverished African kids were getting injured while using gasoline to produce light for a few minutes of studying, a group of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) business students knew they had to make a difference.

That’s why the seven-strong team — who are studying for a degree in business administration at KPU’s Richmond and Surrey campuses — decided to run the business component of their practicum in aid of the African students.

After launching Shaseux this week, the group will, until March 22, manufacture, market and sell hand-crafted soy candles and coconut oil bath bombs to raise money for non-profit SolarAid, which provides solar power and solar lamps to rural, off-the-grid communities in African nations.

According to one of the students, Ashley Leitao, for every 500 ml candle they sell, a family will have light for their home for a month.”

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