By Mirana Francoise Razafindramboa - Co-Founder & Chair
From May to November of this year, 285 end-users have benefited from the solar lamp’s distribution project. When you give the gift of clean energy, not only you protect the environment, but also give back precious time for family to spend time together. In response to our survey, one family shared the following outcomes:
Outcomes: Positive environmental outcomes. Less pollution exposure. Cost savings
Indicators: Household cost savings resulting from shifts in spending on fuel, candles. One potential benefit is that solar lamps improve personal safety and security at nighttime, in terms of the number of incidences of petty crime
Means of verification: Solar lamps have no operating cost (i.e., free sunlight)
Risks and assumptions: An assumption is that increased hours of lighting enable children to study more hours in the evening and thus improve learning outcomes. There is anecdotal evidence of educational benefits accruing from solar lanterns, but the evidence tends to be difficult to use because there is limited data on the long-term relationship between fuel replacement, access to lighting, and educational outcomes.
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