Power a Life to lighten up Africa

Power a Life to lighten up Africa

Glasgow social enterprise start-up Power a Life is set to make a huge difference in Africa this Christmas after securing funding from Clydesdale Bank.

The firm has launched wee PAL (Power a Life), a portable charger for phones and gadgets, and is looking to help African children with the proceeds.

Using a buy-one, give-one philosophy, for every charger sold, the company will provide a solar light, free of charge, to a child in an African school.

The lights will offer children without electricity the chance to study at night, helping them work towards a better education.

To get the business off the ground, Clydesdale Bank provided funding to co-founders Jeremie Warner, 27 and Stephen Spiers, 25.

Warner said: “We’re passionate about using business as a tool to make a difference in the world and working directly with impoverished communities, empowering people with the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty. We want to offer a hand-up rather than a hand-out.

“When we travelled to Africa, we realised how difficult it was for many children to get on in education when they couldn’t study or do their homework.

“Our buy-one, give-one business model means that our customers can stay connected on the move while making a positive change to those who need it most.

“We are very grateful to Clydesdale Bank for the funding they provided. It’s helped us get our business off the ground and into the market in time for Christmas.”

The duo developed the idea for wee PAL while researching sustainable development during their ongoing PhDs at the University of Strathclyde.