This document presents a cohesive research plan for the Solar Sister/Angaza Design/Kiva fellows for summer 2013. Solar Sister is a distribution company focusing on bringing clean energy solar products to the rural poor in Africa. Angaza Design produces solar lanterns using innovative pay-as-you-go (PAYG) technology that allows customers to pay for energy as they need it. Kiva is a nonprofit organization that alleviates poverty by allowing people to lend money to individuals or businesses in developing countries through their website. Solar Sister is working with both Kiva and Angaza Design, using Kiva to obtain funding in order to cover the startup cost for women to become Solar Sister entrepreneurs. Solar Sister is interested in evaluating the social impact of the products they sell and the effect that becoming a SSE has on these women's lives. Through impact metrics and surveying, Solar Sister will be able to report to investors the effect that their business has on the local population. Angaza Design will be piloting its PAYG solar lanterns to assess the viability of expanding into the Ugandan market through a partnership with Solar Sister. Angaza is testing a pricing plan that will be profitable for their company but still give the Solar Sister entrepreneurs (SSE) enough incentive to sell their product and make sure the customer fully understands how to use it. Kiva's desired deliverables include well written narratives of the SSEs that borrow from Kiva, pictures to supplement these narratives, stories about the benefits for customers, and video of the saleswomen. These deliverables will address the lack of available data for these enterprises to present to investors.
Also in this paper are personal reflections on vocation, national and cultural context, our research methods, an analysis of potential ethical issues, a comprehensive work plan, a health and safety plan, and relevant scholarly resources for use in the field. This part of the research plan will help with setting goals in Uganda if/when plans change out of necessity. The context, ethical issues, and health and safety plan will help us integrate more easily into Ugandan culture. The work plan and research methods will help us stay on track to get our research done, and the vocation section will remind us to reflect on our time throughout the summer.