Salt farmers in the Little Rann of Kutch live in make-shift tents with no access to water, electricity, or education for their children. One of their most basic needs is an affordable and reliable source of light. However, in the absence of electricity, 95% of salt farmers rely on expensive and toxic kerosene lamps to light their homes.
The Global Fairness Initiative, in collaboration with India’s Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) has created a program to introduce 15,000 solar lanterns to a cooperative of 30,000 women farmers in the arid desert of the Great Rann of Kutch.
If we reach our eventual goal of 15,000 lanterns, at a 25% reinvestment rate, the community in Gujarat could see as much as $1 million over five years locally reinvested in livelihood regenerating programs that are owned, funded, and led by women.