Clair de Lune’s business-to-business (B2B) channel is built around its partnership with Airtel Burkina Faso. By leveraging Airtel’s rural agent shop network and Clair de Lune’s bus partnership, Clair de Lune is able to provide next day delivery of solar lighting and mobile phone charging to 29 locations country wide! Please check out our short 2 minute video explaining how this model works.
It’s been an exciting first month for Clair de Lune in Burkina Faso. We’ve had the opportunity to meet with a range of leaders – from US Ambassador Mushingi, to the traditional Naba of our region, to the Mayor of Koudougou. Everyone has expressed interest in our products and support for Clair de Lune as we move forward.
Our biggest news is that we’ve now officially been registered as a société à responsibilité limitée (SARL), the equivalent in Burkina Faso of an LLC. This now opens us up to begin selling lights for our pilot.
To do this we’ve been working around the clock to develop our advertising materials and develop a partnership with Burkina’s largest bus line, STAF. In addition, with a curriculum already laid out for training our sales staff, we’ve started the hiring process for our initial 3 to 5 team members in the next few days.
Clair de Lune’s new Sales Team Manager, Joseph Badolo.
Lastly, we’re excited to welcome our first hire for the crucial position of Sales Team Manager, Joseph Badolo! Joseph has already proven himself extremely valuable to Clair de Lune, demonstrating lights in 8 villages to over 400 people, and identifying first hand the electricity needs of these individuals.
We’ll be beginning our hiring process for the rest of our sales team members next week, and will be receiving our first shipment of 300 lights, so stay tuned!
Welcome to the first post of Clair de Lune, a social enterprise focused on bringing solar lights and electricity to rural homes in Burkina Faso!
Clair de Lune has officially launched in Burkina Faso with co-founder Andrew’s arrival on June 27th. Already the company has been busy with setting up, meeting local partners, and building Clair de Lune’s understanding of Burkina’s need from on the ground insights with our future clients.
In an exciting start to Clair de Lune’s Burkina presence, our company had the opportunity to join in the US Embassy’s July 4th Business Expo. Check out the photos below where both the US Ambassador to Burkina Faso, the Honorable Ambassador Dr. Tulinabo S. Mushingi and the First Lady Mrs. Chantal Compaoré stopped by to learn more about Clair de Lune!
Andrew Lala (Right) explains Clair de Lune’s solar lights to US Ambassador Mushingi (Middle) and First Lady Chantal Compaoré (Left).
Please check back in soon – we’ll have more updates as Clair de Lune becomes operational and our business begins to grow!