“Don’t these children have the right to succeed?” Akoimmian said of the injustice of this situation.

In its time of operation, Solarpak has donated thousands of bags, sold 55 000 and expects to sell 60 000 in 2018, according to Africa News. The tech startup is also exporting the school bags to Gabon, Madagascar, Burkina Faso and NGOs in France and Germany.

The bags are not just functional but they also serve the intended need as a child-friendly carrier. “These rural children are poor. They use rice sacks or plastic bags to take their things to school. The idea was to kill two birds with one stone: give them a backpack– and a light to go with it.”

Striving to keep up with demand, Akoumian is seeking aid and loans so that he can set up an assembly plant in Abidjan and boost production, as reported by the Standard. This will also empower the parents of the children he set out to help.

“There is not enough jobs and money here,” he said. “Children are disadvantaged here. With the backpack, I hope they will all progress. I hope their marks will improve.”

He hopes to reach 10 million schoolchildren around the world one day. “I want young people to believe in themselves, to always move forward, to live their dreams. Nothing is impossible to those who believe. If you have a dream, you have to make sure it comes true,” Akoumian told Umurage.

Since launching Solarpak,  has received the Award of Merit at the Africa Expansion Forum in Montreal, been awarded the 2018 African Prestigious Awards and was a finalist in the 2018 African Talent Awards.