Founder of Seteiye Integrated Services (SIS), addressing the Village Council and women of Midim Nto Udo Village

Seteiye Integrated Services

Date grant awarded: June 30, 2019

Seteiye Integrated Services is committed to replacing kerosene lamps with solar-powered LED lanterns, helping to better the health of the community and environment. They introduce an everyday consumer product, lanterns, and integrate solar technology to help those who live in rural, off-the-grid villages in Essien Udim, Nigeria. The model that is used establishes Village Solar Groups, VSGs, a village run, self-help, micro-enterprise, which serves as the nucleus of the project. These groups will distribute solar-powered LED lanterns at prices comparable to or less than the cost of powering a kerosene lamp in rural villages.

By leveraging the vast network and influence of community based organizations, as well as traditional and religious institutions, Seteiye Integrated Services sets up a multi-stakeholder approach to deliver solar products and education across various target groups and enlighten consumers on the key features of solar lighting products. The team will also engage in massive market activation through road shows and product presentations in churches and village hall meetings.
Idopise Essien, founder of Seteiye Integrated Services, fell in love with solar lanterns after reading an article about a commission by BBC and the British Museum – “A History of the World in 100 Objects” by Neil MacGregor. The solar lantern was listed as number 100. He began to study and research about rural solar distribution with the goal and committed passion to tackle energy poverty by bringing solar technology and products to people who need it most.