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Few people in the Kakamega district of western Kenya have reliable access to electricity. 54% of people live in poverty, and many families rely on kerosene for lighting. The kerosene lamps produce smoke and cause health problems. Kerosene is very expensive, and children are often unable to complete homework or school assignments because their families can’t afford to buy kerosene for children to study at night. Kerosene lamps have caused fires in some communities in the district. Houses have burned down and people have died in these fires.
We're making d.light S250 solar lanterns available to schools and families in western Kenya. The d.lights will provide bright, safe light at night, making it easier for children to study and parents to work. By reducing dependence on kerosene, people will save money on lighting fuel and the health of whole families will improve.
We're helping families in Kakamega, Kenya, where just over half the population live below the poverty line.
Our local partner, Action for Child Development Trust, will distribute the lights. They will introduce the solar lights to gauge demand, learn from users, and develop a proposal to scale up solar light sales and operate a self-sustaining wing supporting solar lighting and related activities.
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