A small group of passionate engineers from diverse fields got together one evening in 2020, to ponder over the fact that “There is an abundance of life improving solutions being developed by local and international enterprises, but in the global south they are hardly seen in the hands of the people who need them the most”. To bridge this gap that exists between enterprises developing life improving products and marginalised communities without access to them, we initiated our venture, Candela Energy.
The above observations took shape through the founders’ experiences: ranging from field work in the villages of India, Kenya, and refugee camps et cetera, to product development and research at MIT D-labs, and ETH4D, among others. Actual conversations with people within disadvantaged communities revealed an alarming fact: they were oblivious to the social enterprises and innovative minds developing solutions to improve their quality of life. Probing further, the team identified that a critical shortcoming is the inability to match the real needs of a community to the services being helicoptered onto them.