Light Up Madhya Pradesh, India

Help connect solar lights with tribal farming families in villages near the Balaghat forest circle, easing pressure on forest resources in an area where biodiversity is threatened by encroaching development.

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.

Challenge: 

Tribal farming families living near the Balaghat forest circle, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, have limited access to electricity and often experience power cuts. This makes it difficult to pursue all sorts of activities at night, like studying, cooking, moving around, and checking on animals. When light is required, particularly for farming activities at night, the current practice is to burn firewood collected from the forest. The district of Balaghat is 52 percent forested and is home to animals such as tigers, leopards, bears, deer and bison. Overuse of forest resources is threatening the natural environment. Kerosene lamps were once an alternative to using wood for lighting, however the rising cost of kerosene has made this lighting source unaffordable. 

How we can help: 

By introducing d.light S20 and S300 solar lights, families will no longer need to burn wood for light at night. A solar light will make it easier for families to pursue activities at night, like cooking, simple farming tasks and studying. Women will save time, as they will no longer need to travel to the forest to collect wood for lighting. The lights will also help to conserve precious forest resources, protecting the biodiversity of the region.

Who are we working with: 

We will help families living in the villages surrounding the forests in Balaghat, who have no or very limited access to electricity. Our local partner, CDC Balaghat, has been working in these communities for many years to protect the forest and reduce dependency on firewood for lighting and cooking.

Distribution: 

The solar lights will be sold to the community, with the option to pay in monthly instalments over six months. CDC Balaghat staff will meet with the groups when they are ready to make their first payment, to explain how to use and maintain the technology. CDC Balaghat will repay the money collected from solar light sales to Kopernik, to be reinvested in more technology for last mile communities.

Project timeframe: 
Eight to twelve months
Location :
Reaching 1530 people
Local Partner Contribution: 

CDC Balaghat will conduct promotion and campaign activities to raise community awareness.

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product - d.light S20
Cost of Technology (including domestic transportation)
$9.21
300
$2,763.00
Product - d.light S300
Cost of Technology (including domestic transportation)
$26.30
6
$157.80
Wire Transfer Fee
$45.00
2
$90.00
Paypal/other payment processing fee
3.3% average based on average size of project and average donation amount
$115.00
Kopernik 10%
Covers Kopernik's due diligence and project support costs
$347.00
TOTAL
$3,473.00
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 4 people who pitched in $3,473.00