Erni, a 25-year-old mother of five, spends most of her time running her household and raising her children alone. Her husband is a fisherman who only comes home every four days, although during peak fishing season he can spend weeks at sea at a time.
She makes sure that her older children go to school and do their homework, while spending her days with her younger kids. Rasuan, the village where Erni lives, is not connected to the electricity grid, and she used to rely on kerosene lamps or a diesel generator for light at night. “Diesel fuel is very hard to get,” she says. “We have to go to the main island, and the price is three times higher than normal.”
But now, since buying d.light S20 solar lights from Pak Makusi’s Tech Kiosk on Gam Island, Erni has a safe and sustainable source of light for her home. When we recently visited her house, she was in the kitchen sorting rice for dinner under the solar light. “The lamp is very convenient, initially I bought two for the living room so my kids can study with better lighting. But after knowing that it brings more good than harm, I bought two more so I can place them in the kitchen. I can still cook dinner even when the sun has gone down.”