A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
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Oct 18, 2011

Project Update - Success Story of Chitwan Oct11

Community Charging Center at Kantipur Village
Community Charging Center at Kantipur Village

With the increasing popularity of solar tuki in the rural areas, the demand of solar tuki sets are in raise. As per the demand and need of solar tuki in the rural areas, a community charging center model was developed to provide the benefit for the community who are not in the state of purchasing solar tuki set. In this system, various numbers of solar tuki are charged at once through using a bigger solar panel, thus reducing the cost of individual solar panel for an individual household.

At Kantipur Village (a remote village settlement of chitwan), the households were not in the state of purchasing individual solar tuki sets, hence, a community charging center was established at the end of March 2010. 48 households were benefited through the distribution of 60 pcs of solar tuki and establishment of the center.

Most of the housewife of the village seems very happy after the establishment and use of solar tuki. The main reasons behind their happiness are saving of money, saving of time to purchase kerosene, health benefit and brighter light of solar tuki. As per Mrs. Januka Sunar, she had saved Nrs 350/- per month to be spent for kerosene, brighter and better light than kerosene lamp, easy use during preparation of evening meals and one and half hour of time and energy saving for purchasing kerosene which she has now been using for income generation through poultry farming. In general, all households of the village using solar tuki are being benefited through various ways.

Mr. Subash Sunar (16 yrs) studying at grade 10 and Mr. Dinesh Gayak (14 Yrs) studying at grade 8 of Jana Jeevan Ma Vi, Kharkatta, Chitwan has been using solar tuki since April 2010. Prior to the use of solar tuki, they had been using kerosene tuki as the only source of light during evening hours. They used kerosene tuki in the evening hours mainly for their study purpose. The students were irritated with the particulate matters and black soot particulates emitted by the kerosene tuki, which had created various health problems like eye irritation, cough problems, etc.

When solar tuki was introduced in the village to replace the kerosene lamp, the students were excited to use it. According to the students, bright light compared to kerosene tuki, smokeless, no fear for fire hazard and benefit for using continuously light are the main encouragement and attraction towards the use of solar tuki. The students had increased their study hours in the evening by 2 hrs after solar tuki were introduced in the village. The shopping time of one and half hour to purchase kerosene for lighting their house for the evening hrs has been utilized in other activities.

Students with Solar Tuki for Education
Students with Solar Tuki for Education
House-wife benefited from Solar Tuki
House-wife benefited from Solar Tuki
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Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness

Location: Lalitpur, Bagmati - Nepal
Website: http:/​/​www.ecca.org.np
Project Leader:
Prachet Kumar Shrestha
Team Leader
Kathmandu, Bagmati Nepal
$20,602 raised of $50,000 goal
 
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