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Oolu Solar Issue 32: Senegal - 7% Bond

30 months to mature 7% interest

OOLU Solar Issue 32: Senegal - 7% Bond

£125,000
Raised

115
Investors

0
Hour to run

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invested £66 invested

Approximately every £66 invested can enable OOLU Solar to provide a entry level Solar Home System to a family previously off the grid in Senegal.

households 1,890 families

Your investment will help OOLU to provide clean energy to 1,890 families in Senegal.

OOLU SARL is a company incorporated in 2015 in Senegal and is one of the fastest growing off-grid solar companies in West Africa. "Oolu" means trust in Wolof, the local language most commonly spoken in Senegal, and so corresponds with OOLU's goal to provide quality products and after sales service that communities and customers can trust. Since their incorporation they have installed over 66,100 solar home systems to families in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger and continue to expand their operations in these countries in 2021.


About OOLU

  • Sold more than 66,100 systems since incorporation
  • OOLU Sarl was incorporated in Senegal in 2015
  • Offices in Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso
  • Employ 374 people across the countries they operate in
  • Generated revenue of $2.3 million in 2019
  • Winner of the Hogan Lovells Solar Innovation Award in 2017
  • Recently raised $8.5 million in series B round funding led by RP Global and included participation from Persistent Energy Capital and Gaia Impact Fund
  • Key product information

    Issuer: OOLU SARL

    Issuing Country: Senegal

    Investment target: £125,000 

    Minimum investment: £50

    Maximum investment: No maximum

    Maturity: 30 months

    Expected interest rate: 7% per annum

    Withholding tax rate: 10% (applicable to UK residents who do not invest within an IF ISA)

    Interest payment frequency: 6 monthly

    Notional repayment: 6 monthly (from 12 months onwards)*

    Financial instrument: Unsecured interest bearing bond

    Security: Unsecured


    *For the first 12 months after the Issue Date, a "Grace Period" applies during which no capital repayments occur. During this Grace Period, the Issuer will make Interest Payments on the Interest Payment Dates. For the avoidance of doubt, after the Grace Period, the capital repayments are semi-annual and in equal instalments. Please refer to the amortization schedule found on Page 24 of the offer document.

    Key risks

    This is a bond issued by a single company (rather than a savings product) and therefore it is recommended that you are careful with the amount you invest.


    You must read the investment memorandum (provided below) where a full statement of risks is presented.

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    What the project investment will enable

    OOLU will use the funds from this raise to deploy and install 1,890 entry level Solar Home Systems for families across Senegal.


    OOLU distribute solar products from selected and reliable suppliers who are Lighting Global Certified. OOLU's current suppliers are Amped Innovation and Greenlight Planet. The entry-level Pico solar home system comes with a 5-10W PV panel, 20-40Wh LiFePO4 battery, 3-4 high efficiency LED lights and 1-2 USB charging ports. Their second system is a larger modular system that includes a 40W (up to 120W) PV panel, 100Wh (up to 180Wh) LiFePO4 battery, 6 high efficiencies LED lights, 2 USB charging ports and a TV.


    OOLU's payment plans allow customers between 18-24 months to pay back their systems and their flexible nature allows customers to extend this period should they encounter payment difficulties.

    OOLU SARL

    OOLU will deploy 1,890 entry level Solar Home Systems throughout Senegal where approximately 75% of individuals living in rural areas do not have access to electricity.


    Not only will your investment into this OOLU offer allow them to provide off-grid families with renewably sourced electricity, but you'll also be helping the company to grow and provide further employment opportunities. For 2021, OOLU plan to expand throughout West and Central Africa which will allow micro-entrepreneurs to develop rural businesses and gain new sources of revenue.

    Social and environmental impact

    SHS & lanterns have been shown to have a significant impact on customers' lives and the environment. OOLU SARL has sold over 66,100 SHS in Senegal ,Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger impacting the lives of roughly 330,500 people.

    Social Impact

    Social Impact

    Social Impact statistics taken from GOGLA's July 2018 study 'Powering Opportunity: The Economic Impact of Off-Grid Solar'

    91%

    of solar light users who previously used kerosene lamps experienced an improvement in their health

    91%

    of customers purchasing a solar lantern or home system reported feeling safer since buying or using their product

    84%

    of households with children report that they now have more time with which to do their homework

    Environmental Impact

    Environmental impact

    Using industry-recognised Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) impact metrics, OOLU has calculated the environmental impact of installing 1,890 Solar Home Systems as follows:

    9,450

    Number of people who will enjoy clean energy access

    $195

    Average new household saving on energy-related expenditure over solar product lifetime

    1.1tonnes

    Annual total greenhouse gas emissions offset per household

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      Offer Documents

      OOLU SARL Issue 32- Offer Document (Log In to download)

     

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