| Fletcher D-Prize winners Andrew Lala (F '14) and Tommy Galloway (F '14)
Andrew Lala, F’14 and Tommy Galloway, F’14. They will receive $15K to help them pilot their Clair de Lune – Solar Light Distributor platform that uses existing bus infrastructure and cultural remittance practices to reach the rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa. This summer, Andrew and Tommy will bring this proven poverty solution to 400 families in Burkina Faso. In two years, Fletcher D-Prize believes they will create an enormous impact on the world by providing energy to over 100,000 families living on less than a few dollars a day.
The Fletcher D-Prize was launched in the Fall 2013 as a unique poverty solutions venture competition. It brings together the best of Fletcher’s interdisciplinary, holistic problem solving to the world’s most pressing development issues with D-Prize’s venture capitalists who have a track record of finding and funding proven poverty interventions.
Fletcher prepares leaders adept at crossing borders of all kinds with the ability to view everything through an international lens. Andrew and Tommy highlight The Fletcher School’s core belief in the convergence of the public and the private good. A family that buys a solar lamp saves money on energy expenses and is more productive outside of daylight hours. Household incomes often increase 15-30%. Study hours for children rise by 2 hours. Solar lamps also erase the far too common dangers that come with kerosene lanterns. Fletcher D-Prize winners Andrew and Tommy are actively contributing to solving these critical problems with real on-the-ground work.
The Clair de Lune team won people’s choice at the Tufts $100K New Venture Competition. Congratulations again for demonstrating the best of Fletcher’s interdisciplinary, holistic problem solving applied to the world’s most pressing development issues.
"Distribution of proven solutions brings dignity and opportunity to real people. Every single person on our planet deserves an opportunity to achieve their full human potential. These are real people. And they are waiting for you." -Andrew Youn, Founder and Director of One Acre Fund, D-Prize Board Member
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Fletcher student teams compete for the best ideas to focus their immense talents on launching new social ventures to tackle problems in the developing world – right from the Hall of Flags! The winning team will receive up to $20,000 to pilot their project.