I like the way you are thinking this through but there is a cultural component that is at work here. For example in Ghana, there are enough middle income and upper middle income people who could benefit from SHS. However, they…"
"Lee: You are right on point. In Africa, the challenge is financing. Even the upper middle class are reluctant to use credit cards even though they have it. People still have "cash and carry" mentality. This…"
Thank you for adding some background "meat" to the conversation. Now I have a better understanding as to why he was attacking the solar lanterns so heavily. There is always an agenda somewhere. "
"The article does address some of the condescending stereotypical photo ops. I can understand where he is coming from there. But the reality on the ground is that people can only afford the flashlights and lanterns. Getting people…"
"Great work but the problem is that from your chart at the 300 lm it appears that one gets about 100 minutes. I think the consumers will get excited if it is lasting for five or six hours. Otherwise, it might be a tough sell. "
"I think you correct about sharing failures. In my opinion, this industry is tough because most organizations are looking to the village. The village approach sounds good and might get some public money initially but in the long run the…"
"I think my point is that the middle and upper middle class in many of the countries we are talking about do not see buying solar lantern with charging capability as equivalent to the purchase of an automobile. For that crowd, the question is…"
"I would like to add something. Admittedly, it will take a long time get the consumer to feel comfortable spending on solar lanterns. However, whether it is Africa or South Asia, the solar lanterns are in fact needed by the upper middle…"
"The report is well done. However, the real issue is that the average Ghanaian, including the wealthy, feel that 7 months is too long to get a return. Shocking but true. Keeping it simple, a QUALITY solar lantern will sell from…"
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