BLACK CREEK, Calif.
— Bramblespider, the startup that aims to provide free energy to low-income families in the developing world, is poised to deliver on its goal of delivering energy to as many as 10 million people with the delivery of a sweetener that is only available to consumers.
Black Cherry, a Brooklyn-based startup that is developing an electric bike delivery service, is launching its newest product, Black Cherry Packet, in Kenya and Uganda this week, and in Africa this spring.
The company is also partnering with two major energy companies, BARC and Enermax, to provide energy for more than 10 million households across the region, the company said in a statement.
“The world needs more affordable and sustainable energy to move forward, so we’re excited to be working with Bramblespiders efforts to bring this innovative, affordable product to the masses,” said BramblesPipelines CEO Alex Guttmann.
Bruno Gomes, the co-founder of Bramblespur, the world’s largest provider of electric power in Kenya, said he hopes Black Cherry’s delivery service will be an economic driver for his company.
He said that he hopes the delivery service could help the company grow to 10 million customers, about half of whom live in Kenya.
“The people who need energy are the poor and underprivileged people in our society, and they have no choice but to rely on the energy companies to supply it,” Gomes said.
According to a 2015 study from the U.N. Development Program, nearly two-thirds of Kenya’s population, including more than 80 percent of children, are living in households where electricity is insufficient or unavailability.
To help address this problem, Bramblespyres mission is to create a solution for the underprivilege in Kenya to ensure access to energy in the future, Guttman said.
The company launched its service in January and has already delivered more than 2,500 packets of the sweetener, according to a news release.
Its aim is to reach as many people as possible by the end of the year, Gutsmann said.
Black Cherry Packets are made of a blend of sugar, coconut oil, rice hulls and other ingredients, which are blended into a thin gel-like powder.
A packet is about 4 grams in weight, which is roughly half the weight of a traditional packet, according the company.
The energy company hopes that its service will help improve the lives of the people in these communities, which have access to less than 5 percent of the world population.
It is also a project that will help expand the energy supply in Kenya’s energy-rich region, Gutmann said, according for the company’s website.