Solar Light Project





History Logs

Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Malawi

Location: Lilongwe

Total Budget: $36,275

Area of Focus: Economic and community development

1. To build the capacity of rural households or entrepreneurial businesses without access to electricity to increase the productive work hours of family members or business employees after dark by making affordable, easily-maintained and sustainable solar lighting products available in their villages. The solar lights would lead to an increase in household and business incomes and improved quality of life for several reasons detailed later in this grant application.

2. To increase the economic development of Malawi villages by allowing entrepreneurial businesses to operate longer hours each night. In addition, by providing the training of solar technicians, additional income opportunities are created through an affordable solar light program with long-term sustainability goals.

Primary Host Partner

District: 9210

Rotary Club of: Lilongwe

Primary Contact: Christopher Kapenda

Email: ckapenda@deloitte.co.mw

Primary International Partner

District: 5440

Rotary Club of: Greeley-After Hours

Primary Contact: Mark Tovar

Email: mark.tovar14@yahoo.com

Project Status

Your project is "Fully Pledged". This means the amount of the pledges is equal to the total budget of the project. Now the project needs to be finalized and go through the approval process with The Rotary Foundation. This process gets started on the administration page.

Project listed for the 2017-18 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Greeley-After Hours (5440)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation




Additional Contribution (not matched by The Rotary Foundation)




Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Joe Schon

We have approved your DDF request for $10,000. We also noted your GG1633462 Global Grant Application and reviewed same. Please stay in contact with your TRF coordinator, and encourage the 9210 authorizations directly. Your sustainability issue seems resolved.


by Jim Epstein

The application on the Rotary International web site is waiting for the authorization of Christopher Kapenda


by Joyce Moreno

Status is terminated. Colorado and Virginia rotary chapters donated funds to the Malawi Solar Light project for solar lights.

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