The method of Design Thinking enables us to understand the future users and their needs and to develop customized solutions together with them. We first “put ourselves in their shoes”. In other words, we tried to understand the various participants affected by the product and their problems. The team in Nairobi conducted interviews with teachers, housewives, workers, etc. who mainly live in the slums around Nairobi. Most of them showed great interest in solar energy. Some showed motivation to learn how solar technology works and how they can use it to generate their own energy.
Next, we have defined two typical users:
– Wanjiku, Mother of two children; sells shoes at the market
– Namelok, a young Massai woman; she is responsible for a herd of animals in the Massai community
We have developed several ideas for products that could meet the needs of our two users, afterwards we built some prototypes.
A small tower that generates energy from wind and sun with a built-in portable lamp.