With a solar light, Kiosk owners tell us they save money from reduced spending on other lighting alternatives like generator, kerosene, candles, and battery torches. An average solar light user will recover the cost of their solar light in 2 Months. After this, a family saves $80 a year – around 15% of their income. 60% of MSMEs then spend nothing on lighting at all which means they’re able to spend their precious money on other things.
8 in 10 poor homes live below the poverty line of $1.05 per day. The proportion of income they spend on lighting is significant and so having access to a solar light is life-changing. Solar light users tell us they spend their savings on food, school, and investment in livelihoods – starting a virtuous cycle of development and progress.
A lot of Parents tell us that solar lights are predominantly used by children to do their homework after dark. With access to this bright, safe, clean and free light, children are having fun doing an extra hour of homeworkk each day. Head teachers at the local community schools works with report improvements in performance, attendance, concentration and motivation of their pupils as a result. When children do well at school, they are likely to stay there longer and gain a higher level of education benefiting themselves, their families and their communities.
Our solar light bought by a household in rural Africa results in the elimination of the regular use of kerosene lamp, candle light and this means there is less indoor air pollution. Happily, over half of families notice an improvement in health as a result; including a reduction in coughing, chest problems, eye irritation and illness. Improved health links back to income, education and well-being, enabling people to be more productive, miss fewer hours of work or school, and be happier!
With our solar light more, homes are now safer and brighter, more kids enjoy studying extra after school, more saving, more income, and you would probably feel a little happier about today and the future. Well, that’s one of the things that our solar light customers tell us – thanks to the reliable solar lights they have a better quality of life. Families talk about having more opportunity to spend time together, to eat together and to spend time chatting – time they didn't have before when light ran out, either due to limited income to buy fuel or its scarcity.