To provide portable solar lanterns for the rural poor cut off from the grid. Beneficiaries will be vulnerable families living around Chwele in the Western side of Kenya. Most of these are internally displaced families that were forcefully evicted from their homes in the Mt. Elgon region. The proposed project is geared towards propelling communities around Mt. Elgon to adopt the use of renewable energy lighting systems. Direct outcomes of this undertaking will be:
1. Cushioning internally displaced and disabled persons who are on the periphery of society.
2. Enhanced educational performance of children of disabled parents in school as they will have good light for reading and doing home-work.
3. Saving of forests as trees have been felled for use in lighting and cooking.
4. The health of families living with disabilities will guaranteed and the risk of fire incidents diminishes since family members are fully cautioned against inhaling the unhealthy kerosene fumes.
5. Unlimited access to information and communication since the solar lamps enables communities to easily recharge their mobile phones as well as DC portable solar radio.
6. Economic empowerment of community members since lighting homes with solar powered lanterns will enable families save money that they usually spend on kerosene. These money can then instead be channeled to other family needs such as education, farming e.t.c
7. The use of kerosene and output of CO2 will decrease, thus saving families extra costs and reduction in sight and health effects associated using dim lighting and inhaling carbon from kerosene burning.
8. Education of children will improve with more opportunities to read and study.