Light Up Chitwan, Nepal

Help local women become solar entrepreneurs in Chitwan, Nepal and connect communities with a renewable and safe source of light.

d.light S2
Solar lantern
  • Affordable solar lights
  • Weather resistant for sun and rain
  • Adjustable to any surface
d.light S2

This project has been completed.
Thank you to all who contributed.

d.light S20
Solar lantern
  • Integrated solar panel for simple and easy recharging
  • Provides 360-degree space lighting or focused light 
  • Much brighter, safer, and more efficient than a kerosene lamp
  • Two-year warranty & lifespan of 5+ years
d.light S20

This project has been completed.
Thank you to all who contributed.

d.light S300
Solar lantern
  • Up to 16 hours of bright light or 100 hours on the bed light setting
  • Much brighter, safer, and more efficient than a kerosene lamp
  • Two-year warranty & lifespan of 5+ years
  • Also charges mobile phones
The S300 features 4 brightness settings, providing up to 16 hours of bright light (100 hours on the bed light setting)

This project has been completed.
Thank you to all who contributed.

Sun King Home 60
Solar Home System
  • 10 times brighter than kerosene lights
  • Provides 24 hours of light
  • Equipped with USB mobile phone charging port
Greenlight Planet Home 60

This project has been completed.
Thank you to all who contributed.

Challenge: 

The communities of Chitwan district, Nepal, have limited access to electricity and often experience up to 18 hours of rolling power cuts every day. The kerosene lamps, candles and torch currently in use are unsafe, polluting and are a burden on household budgets.

Empower Generation, our local partner, has identified a way to provide a affordable and clean lighting solution to the Chitwan district. They are  empowering a female entrepreneur to lead a team of women who will promote and  sell clean solar technologies in their communities. The lead entrepreneur is Dipika Silwal who comes from poor, marginalised family and has had limited access to education and employment. Dipika lives with her three younger sisters who depend on her for a living.

How we can help: 

By supporting Dipika to distribute simple technologies such as solar lights and the solar home system, we will provide the people of Chitwan with access to clean, safe and renewable solar lighting. To distribute the technologies, Dipika will recruit and train five other female sales agents. Each woman will keep a portion of the profits to help support their families and at the same time gain new skills in business and confidence as community entrepreneurs.

Who are we working with: 

We will support Dipika Silwal, a female entrepreneur identified by our local partner, to establish a solar light distribution business in Chitwan district, Nepal. In the first year, Dipika will recruit and train five female sales agents. These sales agents will then sell the technologies to communities living in off-grid areas throughout eastern Chitwan. The communities will benefit from access to clean, safe and renewable lighting for their homes, and reduce their dependence on intermittent electricity supply and expensive fuels.

Distribution: 

Through Dipika, Empower Generation will distribute the solar lights by using an up-front payment method. To make the technology more affordable, they will also collaborate with local cooperatives or loan-and-saving groups, so that members will be able to take out a loan to purchase or repair their solar light.

For the solar home system, Dipika will offer a Pay-As-You-Go payment method. Families will have the option to pay for the solar home system in affordable monthly instalments over a period of 2–3 years. The solar home system will be installed in the technology user’s house as soon as they sign up and make their first month’s payment. After the rent-to-own period is complete, ownership of the system will be transferred from Empower Generation to the technology user.

Dipika will collect and repay the money to Empower Generation, to be reinvested in more technology solutions for last mile communities.

Project timeframe: 
Technologies will be distributed within twelve months
Location :
Reaching 875 people
Funding Information: 

Empower Generation has decided to expand their technology range by adding two more type of solar lights, Sun King Mobile and Sun King Pro All Night, and adjusted their number of technology that they plan to distribute. The US$2.5 underbudget will be added to Empower Generations's training budget.

Local Partner Contribution: 

Financial contribution:

  • Empower Generation will cover the domestic transportation cost to deliver the technology to the community
  • Empower Generation will cover the one-time sign up and installation fee for new customers using Pay-As-You-Go payment method for solar home system
  • Empower Generation will cover the commission fee every time a customer makes a payment. 

Non-financial contribution:

Empower Generation will dedicate a full-time program coordinator and field team to ensure that the businesses develops and grows. They will also provide administration, monitoring, and evaluation of this project.Empower Generation will also provide a warehouse to store the technology.

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product - d.light S2
Cost of technology (including shipping)
$8.00
34
$272.00
Product - d.light S20
Cost of technology (including shipping)
$11.00
34
$374.00
Product - d.light S300
Cost of technology (including shipping)
$28.00
22
$616.00
Product - Greenlight Planet Home 60
Cost of technology (including shipping)
$85.00
12
$1,020.00
Training for local women entrepreneurs
$4,605.00
1
$4,605.00
Wire transfer fee
$40.00
1
$40.00
Payment processing fee
3.3% average based on the average size of project and average donation amount
$228.59
Administration fee
Covers due diligence, monitoring, printing & administration related costs
$1,073.34
TOTAL
$8,228.93
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies we ship for this project.

A huge Kopernik thank you to the 98 people who pitched in $8,246.79