Nokero International LTD
Nokero (short for no kerosene) delivers life-changing solar lights and chargers for the 1.3 billion people living without electricity.
Tell us about your business, what inspired you to get into it, what you sell/service you offer, what makes your business stand out and how it impacts you, your community or the environment.
We created Nokero to bring light, hope, and opportunity to those living at the base of the economic pyramid. 1.3 billion people burn $30 billion of kerosene for light at night--a dangerous, expensive and polluting activity. We have global patents and have sold 1.5 million solar lights that have forever improved 8 million lives. For our tireless work, we won the United States Patent and Trademark's 'Patents for Humanity' award, and are on our way to forever changing 100s of millions of lives.
How would you use the FedEx Small Business Grant money to make a significant impact on your business?
We have a new solar light that charges in the day and gives light at night. This light is very small with thousands fitting into FedEx's standard express box. We would use the grant money to kickstart this new product and to create recurring shipments from Denver, Colorado to the Emerging Markets (e.g. Africa, India). A HK $150k grant would benefit at least 20,000 people, launch the new product, and would bea win-win-win (Nokero, FedEx, and the rural poor living without electricity).