Problem: With only 2-4 hours of electricity a day, Gaza’s electricity crisis affects more than 2 million residents, impeding economic activities, health, education and quality of life.
Solution: Sunbox kit is an affordable off-grid self-installable mini solar kit for families affected by Gaza’s rampant electricity cuts.
Goals and objectives: To provide consistent, affordable and reliable source of electricity for all Gaza residents.
Implementation: Sunbox kit was created by Sunbox company founded in 2017 by Majd Mashharawi, a 24 year old civil engineer, after researching solar options in India and Africa, where electricity blackouts are common as well. The SunBox kits she imports and modifies is to be compatible with the local electrical outlets and voltage. She sells the product for $450, a price point compatible with the local economy. She partners with the Bank of Palestine and the Faten Organization for those opting to pay in installments. The system is sold in parts so that it is accessible to people of all income levels. Sunbox raised $60k in funding with which it was able to subsidize units at 50 percent. SunBox is also a youth job provider, and is currently staffed mostly by recent graduates.
SunBox runs fundraising campaigns to subsidize units at 50% of the cost. It is currently raising another round with a 50k goal to be able to reach more Gazans affected by electricity shortages.
Achievements: Sunbox has been able to provide solar systems to more than 800 families in Gaza. Sundox provides electricity for school children to do their homework, power entertainment equipment for those living in severe conditions in refugee camps as well as provide the electricity to run medical devices.
Halabi St., Gaza City, State of Palestine