Solar power to illuminate 350 villagers in Malawi

Jan 30, 2012

Solar Solutions Update


Our small solar lights are a big hit with the women in Malawi. They can read and sew in the evenings, and their children can do their homework without having to rely on a kerosene lamp or poor candle. As these lamps last for a year without needing a battery change, the women are also saving money as they no longer need to buy kerosene. With the gas crisis in Malawi increasing the price of many basic commodities, even kerosene had become a luxury for some families.

Soflet, one of MicroLoan's solar entrepreneurs and the Chairperson of a loan group in a village near Kasungu, Malawi, says it best:

"The solar lights have improved our lives and our community. Since taking a loan with the MicroLoan Foundation, and starting my own solar business, I can provide good food for my family, pay school fees for my older children and make improvements to my house. Everyone should have a solar light, and a solar kit to power a radio and mobile phone."

We take turning on a light switch for granted, but in rural Malawi, without electricity, a small solar light is changing lives and communities. Thank you on behalf of Soflet and many more poor women.



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Rob Schmults

Stoughton, MA United States

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