Lighting Asia/India – Assam Marketplace March 2018

Lighting Asia/India Program hosted a closed-door business to business linkage event on 14th March 2018 in Guwahati, Assam. This event facilitated a meeting of Lighting Asia/India Associates (manufacturers and distributors of quality assured solar lighting products) with other stakeholders working in the last mile/rural consumer space. Participants included NGOs, MFIs, distributors and other civil society organizations from Assam. 37 organizations including 8 Lighting Asia/India Associates participated in the marketplace event.

The Program’s rural marketing and distribution expert, Praveen Kumar, welcomed the audience and gave an overview of the Lighting Asia/India program. This was followed by the program’s technical and quality assurance expert, Brendon Mendonca, presenting the Lighting Global Quality Assurance framework.

Each of the Associate companies presented their business details including geographic presence, reach, distribution partnerships and product line, with a focus on their quality tested products. Program Associates present at the event included D.Light Design, Dharma Life (Gajam India Private Ltd), Devidayal Solar Solutions Private Ltd, Omnivoltaic Power Co. Ltd. (OvSolar), Punam Energy Private Ltd, Philips Lighting India Ltd (Onergy),  Frontier Markets and Greenlight Planet Inc.

Participants also had an opportunity to experience the displayed products of the Associates.  This also created a platform between organizations and the Associates to meet on a one-to-one basis and discuss and explore opportunities for collaboration.

IFC’s Lighting Asia/India program (www.lightingasia.org/india) aims to accelerate development of markets for quality off-grid solar solutions (solar lanterns, larger solar home systems and associated DC solar appliances) and achieve deeper penetration of these solutions among the last mile segments in rural Assam.