Transforming a small business with Portable Solar Power.
August 18, 20202 min read
The Hero of the Story
Meet Angel, a 23-year-old man, lives in the village Cayey, Puerto Rico. His small business, El Cafecito en la Luz, sells coffee and snacks under a freeway overpass under a dim light: “the cafe in the light.”
Well before sun rise, Angel makes his coffee and snacks and sets up shop under the #15 freeway exit in Cayey. With only a small, battery-powered light to light his stand, Angel has dreams of someday owning his own coffee farm and a proper cafe to sell his own coffee and breakfast snacks.
Operating from the trunk of his car, Angel can carry enough coffee and snacks, which are a welcome to early morning commuters but his dim light could not attract enough attention, power his devices, or illuminate his product and advertising banners.
Angel relied only on a small battery-powered LED light to provide the only way to attract customers, prepare his coffee and snacks and also conduct business., Angel needed a solution that provides bright lights and a renewable source of power to run his business.
A local businesswoman drove past his coffee stand one morning and was moved by Angel’s passion and dream, but also knew he would need a better solution that didn’t require batteries or gas to achieve his goal as a small business owner.
Kia, also the founder of a Puerto Rican non-profit, introduced him to Inergy’s portable solar generator, solar panels, and very efficient and bright LED lights.
Bright light attracted more customers, increased social media buzz, and Angel’s story went viral in Puerto Rico, and he was featured on national radio programs and interviewed on Telemundo.
Off-grid, portable and silent power allowed Angel to serve his customers better, run retail gear, and ultimately grow his business.
Angel has now opened a second location and has hired several employees. His dream of owning his own coffee farm and cafe are much closer to becoming a reality.