Social and Development Impact

Health

Respiratory disease is 30% higher for women and girls who spend more time indoors using sooty Kerosene lamps.

Replacing these with brighter, non-polluting solar will reduce the high incidence of respiratory diseases and provide longer productive hours for income generating or educational activities.

Education

Zambia requires all primary school children to take an exam in computer studies with both a theory and practical paper.

Rural children without access to power are therefore severely disadvantaged.

We provide“solar ready” computers allowing rural schools to gain educational advantages of the web and steady, bright solar lights increasing children’s’ study time by an hour each night.

Jobs

Power enables the creation of businesses which increases local economic activity and over thousands of new jobs. For every 5,000 businesses created, it is estimated that increased profits are generated of over $28M. Power creates employment particularly for youth through the use of mobile phone technology, access to information, learning and opportunities.

Cost Savings

Poor rural households spend up to 30% of their income on lighting and cell phone charging. Solar Home Systems reduce this by anything from 1/3rd to 100%. Installing SHS’s to 1M households generates $50m to $150m savings per annum

Productivity

Providing solar home light means much of the cooking can move to the evening, freeing up women’s time during the more productive daylight hours. Smallholder or micro enterprise creation increases family incomes accordingly, and the women’s status in the householder by contributing financially.

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