The invention of Sameer Hajee, a Canadian electrical engineer and
social entrepreneur with Kenyan and Indian roots, the lights require no
fossil fuel and can be recharged by anyone capable of riding a bicycle.
The recharging machine - the Powercycle - is a simple
invention: two cycle pedals fitted to a box which charges up to five
lights at a time using pedal-power. The $150 machine is typically
bought by an entrepreneur with micro-finance loans, which are then paid
off by charging customers to recharge the lights.