The distortion of markets through aid and subsidies.These are also negative taxation for government revenue. the promise of being the first grid tied solar development in Kenya is welcome,there is a disturbing aspect:The 2 mn #solar kits will distort the market as they'll be competing products financed by private capital into Distributed Energy Services (DES) companies.Millions of US Dollars have been invested in these companies and you cannot ignore the negative impact from these freebies.This is 'Dead Aid'.

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Comment by Salvatore Chester on September 22, 2015 at 5:22am

Facts on the ground :

" Thanks to your support, this mix of charity and business has enabled SunnyMoney to reach 10 million people with safe clean light and become the largest distributor of solar lights in Africa."

Thanks to SolarAid and SunnyMoney

Comment by Julien Cot on September 19, 2015 at 5:24am

You are right, interesting point of view. Most of people thinks "Hoo great, a donation!" but in realty their is negative impact wich this kind of aid, as you described.

Comment by Salvatore Chester on August 15, 2015 at 7:40am

It would be great and unprecedented, IF TRUE, in my view.  To me this an issue of unrealistic promises rather than a market spoiler. Would like to be proved wrong, if and when. 

Comment by Martin Theuri on August 15, 2015 at 3:45am

Thanks Evan.There can be no excuse for this unfriendly attack on entrepreneurship.Solar products are not off-the-shelve products and require massive investments in pushing them to the market.Please see their Newswire Release here: Africa (Lighting Africa), for many years did a lot to create market awareness and 'truth in advertisement'.

Comment by Evan Mills on August 15, 2015 at 12:30am

I agree with you!  It is very risky business to dump free products into a market which has already demonstrated its ability to work without charity.



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