Maripa and her family moved to Raja Ampat a few years ago from Sulawesi, in search of a better life. They settled in Warsambin, and the 39-year-old started a kiosk business attached to her house, while her husband works as a woodcutter. Warsambin is one of many villages in Raja Ampat with no access to electricity, though it’s located only an hour and a half from the main district.
Maripa bought a small generator to light up her kiosk, but it has been broken for a few weeks. This forced her to return to the old way of using kerosene lamps and candles for light, though she knew the kerosene smoke was bad for her family’s health.
When she found that Aksamina (also known as Nene Seret) was selling solar lights from her Tech Kiosk in Warsambin, Maripa immediately queued up to purchase the BrightBox solar home system. Now it not only safely and sustainably lights up her kiosk, but it can also be used to charge mobile phones. It saves her from buying kerosene, which is often in scarce supply in the village, making it very expensive.