25% Match Funded
30 months to mature 6% interest

OOLU Solar Issue 2: Senegal - 6% Bond

£150,000
Raised

79
Investors

27
Days to run

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invested £215 invested

Every £215 invested will enable OOLU Solar to install modular Solar Home System to households previously off the grid.

households 697 families

Your investment will help OOLU to provide clean energy to 697 families in Senegal.

OOLU LLC, the parent company of Oolu SARL, is a US based company incorporated in 2017 and is one of the fastest growing off-grid solar companies in West Africa. "Oolu" means trust in Wolof, the local language most commonly spoken in Senegal, and so corresponds with OOLU's goal to provide quality products and after sales service that communities and customers can trust. Since their incorporation they have installed over 45,000 solar home systems to families in Senegal and Mali and are looking to expand their operations into Burkina Faso and Nigeria in 2018.

This project benefits from match funding from UK aid. UK aid has provided an up-front match of £37,500, meaning that for every £3 invested into this project by the crowd an additional £1 will be invested through match funding.

About OOLU

  • Sold more than 45,000 systems since incorporation
  • OOLU Sarl was incorporated in Senegal in 2015
  • Offices in Senegal, Mali, Nigeria and Burkina Faso
  • Employ 150 people across the countries they operate in
  • Generated revenue of £1.2 million in 2017
  • Winner of the Hogan Lovells Solar Innovation Award in 2017
  • Key product information

    Issuer: OOLU SARL

    Issuing Country: Senegal

    Investment target: £150,000

    Minimum investment: £50

    Maximum investment: No maximum

    Maturity: 30 months

    Expected interest rate: 6% per annum

    Witholding tax rate: 10% (applicable to UK residents who do not invest within an IF ISA)

    Interest payment frequency: 6 monthly

    Notional repayment: 6 monthly

    Financial instrument: Unsecured interest bearing bond

    Security: Unsecured

    Key risks

    This is a bond issued by a single company (rather than a savings product) and therefore it is recommended that you are careful with the amount you invest.

    You must read the investment memorandum (provided below) where a full statement of risks is presented.

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    What the project investment will enable

    Every £215 invested will allow OOLU to install 1 modular Solar Home System to households that were previously off-grid. OOLU will use the funds to install 697 modular Solar Home Systems across Senegal.


    OOLU distribute solar products from selected and reliable suppliers who are Lighting Global Certified. OOLU's current suppliers are Amped Innovation and Greenlight Planet. The first product which OOLU distribute is an entry-level solar home system and comes with a 5-10W PV panel, 20-40Wh LiFePO4 battery, 3-4 high efficiency LED lights and 1-2 USB charging ports. Their second system is a larger modular system that includes a 40W (up to 120W) PV panel, 100Wh (up to 180Wh) LiFePO4 battery, 6 high efficiencies LED lights, 2 USB charging ports and a TV. It is this second, larger system that will be purchased with the proceeds of this raise.


    Providing families and individuals with access to a TV has multiple impact benefits. Firstly, keeping up to-date with local news and weather forecasts is important to them to better understand any developments that may impact them. Secondly, educational content on TV is typically very accessible for both children and adults, who are able to learn useful topics, such as farming techniques, through engaging story-telling. Furthermore, research has shown that TV shows often inspire viewers to reach higher, driving them to study and work harder. Finally, it provides an opportunity for families and friends to gather around and strengthen important social ties.


    OOLU's payment plans allow customers between 18-24 months to pay back their systems and their flexible nature allows customers to extend this period should they encounter payment difficulties.

    OOLU SARL

    OOLU will deploy 697 Solar Home Systems throughout Senegal where just under 44% of individuals do not have access to electricity.

    Not only will your investment into this OOLU offer allow them to make 697 Solar Home Systems available to off-grid families, but you'll also be helping the company to grow and provide further employment opportunities. By the end of 2018, Oolu will scale their operations in Mali, Nigeria and Burkina Faso and within 5 years they expect to have expanded into 9 countries in West Africa.

    Social and environmental impact

    SHS & lanterns have been shown to have a significant impact on customers' lives and the environment. OOLU SARL has sold over 45,000 SHS in Senegal and Mali, impacting the lives of roughly 225,000 people.

    Social Impact

    Social Impact

    Social Impact statistics taken from GOGLA's July 2018 study 'Powering Opportunity: The Economic Impact of Off-Grid Solar'

    91%

    of solar light users who previously used kerosene lamps experienced an improvement in their health

    91%

    of customers purchasing a solar lantern or home system reported feeling safer since buying or using their product

    84%

    of households with children report that they now have more time with which to do their homework

    Environmental Impact

    Environmental Impact

    Using industry-recognised Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) impact metrics, OOLU has calculated the environmental impact of installing 697 Solar Home Systems as follows:

    3,485

    Number of people who will enjoy clean energy access

    $195

    Average new household saving on energy-related expenditure over solar product lifetime

    1.1tonnes

    Annual total greenhouse gas emissions offset per household

     

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