Customers also have the choice whether to be a Sower or a Grower.
The Solar Light costs $9 delivered to the customer in country.
As a Sower, you can don’t make money. You just get your money back or plant more SolarSeeds. As a Grower, you have three options:
Are sales commissions paid on the SolarSeeds?
No. We only pay sales commissions when a solar light is purchased. The SolarSeeds are either replanted, or the money is returned to the Sower. No commissions are ever paid on the SolarSeeds.
Explain the CoOp fee…why is that necessary?
Our goal is to create a global movement – that requires resources. We all chip in a little bit and we all own it together.
Okay, but let’s say 100,000 Members join the CoOp…who gets all that money?
100,000 people at $299 would be almost $30 million dollars. If SunCrew has that level of financial backing, there are many things we can do to scale our growth, create more impact and make more profit. We will always be transparent with our finances. We treat our Members like owners, because you are. We will decide together how to best use our resources to create the best results for all stakeholders.
What happens if a Customer cannot pay their loan?
Your SolarSeed still provides light for that family, but it stops growing if they are unable pay their initial loan of $6. In this scenario, it is like you donated your SolarSeed to an organization that provides solar lights. Our program has an added benefit that if they do pay their loan, we replant your SolarSeed with up to two more seeds…so we can keep spreading sunshine together.
Once a Customer Pays off their Loan, can they get more loans?
Absolutely. Access to credit in the developing world is something that holds back a lot of potential entrepreneurs. When a Customer pays off their first loan, we just found a credit worthy customer in the developing world. If they want a solar phone charger, they simply put down another deposit and we provide them another loan. Over time, their credit gets stronger and strong and they can get larger and larger loans. Eventually, SunCrew can help them launch their own business.
How long will it take for my family to get their solar light?
On this first set of solar lights, the timetable is dependent on two factors:
If I become a Grower, are there additional ways to make money with SunCrew?
Yes. With SunCrew, you choose your level of contribution and your level of compensation. SunCrew will be selling residential and commercial solar in the U.S. and we are developing a suite of additional products and services. The goal is to become a global distribution center for solutions, where our Members share in all of the profits. Once you become a Grower, we will share all of the details.
Can I make a full-time income with SunCrew?
Absolutely. To manage expectations, SolarSeeds are like farming. You plant a SolarSeed, it takes two to six-months for the loan to be paid off, and then another seed is planted. After each loan is paid off, you share in the harvest. SolarSeeds are Slow, Stable and Sustainable.
For those who see SunCrew as a potential career and want to move faster, we have residential and commercial solar in the U.S. and we will be adding other products and services to our offerings. The goal is to become a global distribution network for solutions.
Is SunCrew a multi-level marketing (MLM) or network marketing company?
No. SunCrew is a Member-Owned Cooperative, and the differences are profound.
As the founder of SunCrew, I have been the president of three different MLMs and a top-producer in several others. My uncle, Bob Richards, who is the president of SunCrew, ran a $320M/year network marketing company in 38 countries called Nikken. We know the industry well, and we both saw some benefits we wanted and several pitfalls we wanted to avoid.