Impact Assessment:
Light Up Madhya Pradesh, India

Jun 2015 to Aug 2015
Phil Murphy

By Philip Murphy
Impact Assessment Fellow

The project:
Light Up Madhya Pradesh, India
Technologies used:
d.light S20 Solar lantern, d.light S300 Solar lantern
Local partner:
Community Development Centre (CDC) Balaghat

We are working with our local partner, CDC Balaghat, to connect 306 d.light S20 and d.light S300 solar lights with people in Balaghat district, Madhya Pradesh, India. To date, over 200 lights have been successfully distributed.

In June 2015, Kopernik fellow Philip Murphy, visited the village of Garhi in Balaghat district to explore the impact of the technology on people's lives. This impact assessment report is a result of Philip’s work in the field in Garhi from June to August 2015.

Philip’s assessment identified the following benefits for technology users in Balaghat:

  • Health – Since using the solar light, respondents have experienced a perceived improvement to their health with 97 percent identifying at least one improvement in their health outcomes, such as a reduction in eye irritation and respiratory issues;
  • Safety – Respondents feel safer when using the solar light, as opposed to their old lighting sources, with 84 percent perceiving the likelihood of a fire has been significantly reduced. The same percentage of respondents also believes the possibility of burn injuries has also been significantly reduced; 
  • Productivity – The majority of respondents reported an increase in their productivity with 80 percent stating their productivity (or work efficiency) had increased significantly and 32 percent stating the solar light had significantly saved them time. The positive productivity impacts are not limited to parents; children are also benefiting from the solar light and on average, school students are studying one hour and 45 minutes with the d.light per night. This equates to 16 days of study for a primary school student over a year;
  • Lifestyle – The solar light has made improvements to the lives of technology users with 60 percent stating the d.light has significantly improved their lives. Respondents also indicated that they were free to undertake new nightly activities, with 94 percent of respondents indicating they conducted at least one new nightly activity since purchasing the solar light; and
  • Economic – On average surveyed households who ceased using kerosene lamps and flash lights saved INR81 (US$1.28) per month. On average, this saving is enough to pay back the value of the d.light S20 in eight months and a S300 in 23 months.

Learn more about Philip's research findings by downloading the Light Up Madhya Pradesh Impact Assessment report below.

Full report: