Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls

by Kukula Solar
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Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls
Gift A Solar Lantern...Empower Rural Women & Girls

Just like in many villages across rural Zambia, life slows down as the sunsets. Without access to electricity, even the simplest of tasks become difficult. The small village of Kwenje in the Eastern Province of Zambia, where Dalitso, 13, lives with his parents and four siblings, is no different. After the sun sets, it becomes impossible for Dalitso to study and read, impeding his ability to realize his dreams for the future.

Just like his mum did, Dalitso dreams of becoming a teacher so he can help his parents and his relatives, “I want this job because I admire the way teachers do their job here at the school,”

Dalitso’s mum Emilia, who dropped out of school when she was young because her family couldn’t afford the fees, has the words ‘Dream Chasing’ written on her t-shirt. While she was unable to realize her dreams, she has hope that her children will have a future full of opportunities.

“I desired to be a teacher … If I went to school my life would have been different. I wouldn’t be living in this house. My dream now is to educate my children until they finish. I also dream of having a good house and some livestock.”

Because of your continued support of this project, you are helping children like Dalitso to remain in school and get closer to achieving their dreams.

You can power the dreams of students like Dalitso.

I invite you to help spread the word about our work to continue helping more people in the last-mile communities of Zambia.

Thanks for your continued support!

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… and you helped us create 6,500 in 2021!


Behind every single solar light that gets distributed in the Eastern Province of Zambia by our teams, there is a person whose life is about to change.


We hear these stories all the time. Students who can now study for exams that go on to attend university, parents who can now work after the sun has set and provide more security for their children. Families who can now sit around in the evening and get to know each other, women who feel safer walking after the sun goes down.


But behind every person that does not have light, there is also a story. A story of someone who has to inhale toxic fumes from kerosene, spend money on dangerous candles, or simply have their day cut short when the sunsets.


Last year in a village in rural Zambia, the community suffered an unimaginable tragedy. At the local school, a single candle was being used to study. This single candle caused a fire that took the lives of the twelve girls inside.


This one-story could have been a different one. Instead of a candle, the light used to study that night could have been from a clean, safe alternative – solar light.


That is why your incredible support towards our project is so important. Together, we are creating different stories. Those about lives that are positively impacted by solar light.


Thank you to everyone that donated towards our project last year. We raised a phenomenal $16,300. Every single solar light that we distribute has a story, and you helped to create 6,500 new ones.

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A 42-year old Taziona lives with her 5-year old daughter in a small house behind the main road in Kalichero village in the Eastern Province of Zambia. Kalichero is a beautiful, bustling village, but like the majority of villages in Zambia, there is no access to electricity. When the sun sets at 6 pm it gets pitch black and it’s difficult to see your surroundings. It quickly gets quiet, and for many people, the sense of security that the light brings fades as the sun is setting.

“I remember one night, I slept on a snake, I just felt something strange under my tummy, I immediately stood up and saw a snake right on my sleeping mat. That experience kept me living in fear at night and I used to have nightmares a lot,” says Taziona who remembers the nights before the family had access to solar lights.

 

 

In June 2021, Kukula Solar opened the energy hub Community Recharge Station in Kalichero, a place where people, at a small cost, could borrow charged solar lights to take home with them in the evening.

Since the Project was launched, our research has shown that one of the most positive impacts of access to solar light in the village has been the increased sense of safety and security. The lack of a sense of security in the darkness is related to worries such as traveling on the roads in the darkness, burglars, or animals coming into your house – but people are also concerned about accidents caused by unsafe lighting sources such as candles.

When there is no access to electricity, the majority of people living in rural Zambia are forced to use unsafe, poor quality, or toxic devices to get light in the evening.

 

Taziona used to use anything she could afford on that day to get light in the evening – sometimes, this would be candles. Other days, she would have no source of light in the nighttime at all. Since the project was introduced in the village, she has been using a solar home system that she is paying for on Rent to Own ( RTO)

“Life is easier now”, she explains. Her days are no longer cut short, and for her daughter, getting access to light in the evening means that they can stay up and play with their friends after the sun has set, and a group of children is gathering outside their house to play in the little light that the house is giving off.

Taziona is also able to help them with their homework in the evening. Grace loves school and she buys her second-hand books that they read together.

 

Taziona has a bright smile and she’s talkative and energetic, but she has been going through a difficult time since she separated from her husband, “I think solar lights replace the home security my husband provided before we separated. The girl and I feel safer.”

Now her hope for the future is that every household in Kalichero will have a clean source of light. “It’s a basic need,” she says.

And Taziona no longer has to worry about snakes. “All my fears are gone and I can sleep peacefully at night.”

 

This story is made possible by donors like you, who are helping Kukula Solar to bring life-changing products to last miles communities where people like Taziona.

Thanks for your continued support.

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During the COVID 19 pandemic its been hard to reach communities due to the restrictions that the central and local governments have put on movement. With most of our beneficiaries based in rural communities, we had to strengthen partnerships with rural local-based groups and traditional leaders so that we can continue electrifying rural households and impact more lives.

To date, through this partnership, we managed to distribute 650 solar lamps to women and girl-headed households for domestic and productive usage. We also distributed 1050 clean cookstoves to women so that they can continue using modern stoves and reduce the cutting of trees for wood or charcoal.

Our partnerships in these villages are thriving and the demand is still huge for these products that we are distributing and your continued support and donations make this possible for us to reach our target of distributing 10,000 solar lamps to last-mile communities.

I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for choosing to be part of Kukula Solar's impact stories and your continued donations. Always know that every donation you make is helping us to get closer to our goal of raising $50,000 to impact more lives!

Lastly, I wish you all a healthy 2021 and please keep safe during this period of COVID 19.

 

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Clean cookstove beneficiary
Clean cookstove beneficiary

2020 was a rough year for many families in Zambia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many families lost their jobs and income. The most affected were people in rural communities whose income depends much on agriculture. Due to the lockdown, it was hard for them to get a fair price for their products because the government had imposed restrictions on the movement of goods. The schools were forced to close and children were meant to be at home.

Kukula Solar continued with the distribution of life-changing products such as clean cookstoves and solar lamps for families in last-mile communities.

Between October 2020 to January 2021, we distributed a total of 2072 clean cookstoves to rural villages of Eastern Province, enabling families living on less than $2 a day to transition from using firewood to use of twigs hence saving the cutting of trees.

We distributed 373 Solar lamps to families and 10 to Rural health centers in Katete, Chipangali, and Kasenegwa District of Eastern Province. With these distributions, we are helping children during the lockdown to study even at night. We are helping health workers to work at night because the clinic has solar lighting 24/7.

Our impact is felt in these communities during this period because of you are donors' continued support!. In 2021 we are looking forward to continuing with our distribution work, reaching more people with life-changing products.

 

We are on a mission to reach 1 Million people with life-changing products by 2027 and we are counting on you our supporters.

I look forward to your support this year as we work towards our goal of reaching 1 million people!

 

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Installing Solar Lamps at Rural Health Centre
Installing Solar Lamps at Rural Health Centre
Beneficiary  of clean cook-stoves
Beneficiary of clean cook-stoves
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Happy Beneficiary of a solar lamp
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Location: Chipata, Eastern Province - Zambia
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