My name is Mike Bellot the Cofounder of Solo bag, From Haiti , economyI'm an economist and social entrepreneur, I get my degree i in International Trade, then Global Political Economy , from Tamkang University, Taiwan.
Here is the story behind our project. Our Story
Two years ago I lost my cousin, someone I consider like a brother, in a tragic accident in Haiti. Andy a hard working young man, a hope of an entire family, for a whole community, smart man with the dream to become a doctor to help people of our community also create a better living for our poor family. To fulfill his dream he was working really hard, studying really late at night using candlelight due to the lack access to electricity in Haiti where only 37% of the population gets a regular access. A June 14, all his dream was to end up on a table, my cousin was using candlelight to study and he felt asleep, the candle fires the table and he was trapped in the burning house. My cousin was not able to escape the fire and he died only his ashes were found. All this happened because he didn’t have access to a safe energy. This incident left deep cicatrices in me, and it’s been a motivation to and my friend Wendy to take action because we don’t want anyone else lost a family, or a friend because of such incident. It’s unthinkable that people still doesn't have access to electricity, that someone living with less than 2 USD per day has to spend 30% of their income to charge their cell phone, buy kerosene for lightening at night, using candle light which represents a danger. to solve this once and for all we created "SOLO BAG"About Solobag
Solobag is a school bag embedded with a solar panel which absorbs sunlight during daytime, After the bag been exposing to the sunlight, the energy is store in a build in battery bank and admits eco-friendly and sustainable light at night. Then student could use this energy to turn on the light to study and do their homework at night. And what is really cool with this bag is, there are USB ports connect to the solar bank so student can use to charge their mobile phone, 1 hour in the sun would Provide 6 hours of light, and Charge a mobile phone.
Solo bag is something that we believe will drastically change the lives and the future of millions people, not just in Haiti but all over the world. It targets the issue of education, lack of electricity, clean energy, health and fatal complications that occur because of candle light.
We aim to raise $25,000 and leverage our prototype into a full production that can make an impact on thousands of students in Haiti. the production and the shipment of each backpack will cost USD $ 25, with your help we will be able to provide thousand of Backpack. Donate to this project, and share our mission with your family and friends. Help us bring light on the futures of these amazing students and families in needs. Your contribution will be helping bring peace and prosperity to the people of Haiti. Thank you for being a part of this incredible project, and thank you for your support. Once you contribute we have a reward for you to show you our appreciation.HOW WE LIGHT THE FUTURE Solo Bag Team
Solo Bag was founded by Mike Bellot and Torcel Wendianne, two Haitian students in Taiwan with a passion for resolving different issues with new technology. Later on Davidson Toussaint, a Haitian Entrepreneur, Business Strategist and Marketing and Communication Specialist joined the team as a Senior partner. Next to them, they have brought together a team of freelancers and experts to help on tasks such as industrial design, electronics, embedded and mobile development.
Solo bag is featuring in many newspapers and online News in many countries, in more than 5 languages https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3188563https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/studying-in-candle-kills-solo-bag-brings-lights-to_us_59a6c5fbe4b08299d89d0b1f?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003http://english.rti.org.tw/whatsOn/?recordId=43126https://jp.taiwantoday.tw/print.php?unit=151&post=117124
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
After many years of hard work, and testing, we now have a complete functional prototype. We have an amazing bag with three great features (Light, rechargeable tool and a GPS tracker) additionally a small solar panel that can help you recharge the bag. 1 hour of charge 6 hours of use
Mass production is our next following step. In order to achieve that goal with the same level of quality, it requires important investment. You pre-order secured on this platform will help us go through this step.
Most importantly by participating in this Kickstarter, you become part of the solution and our vision. We allow you to directly contribute to this project by giving your feedback and suggestions on the first version of our bag.
We welcome you to this amazing journey by making the future brighter by encouraging a more secure way to study at night in developing countries like Haiti.
visit our webpage www.solo-bag.com
Mike, Wendianne and Davidson
THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATION