An alternative to dirty & dim kerosene lamps, a 70-watt Pedal Generator easily lights two lamps in more than 100 homes for 3 hours every night & our individual home-lighting kits also let kids study.
For millions of Nepalis, night brings darkness, broken only by the dim light of a kerosene wick or hearth fire. Both make smoke that causes lung disease. Access to the electric grid or to clean power from local hydro, solar or biogas sources is often impractical or unaffordable. After dark, families cannot work and children cannot study. In the day, schools cannot access recorded educational material. Batteries cannot be recharged. Telecommunication is impractic
EcoSystems' team is upgrading the equipment with ongoing field trials. Manufacturing and distribution will begin by mid 2008. GG contributions are expanding the number of home lighting systems we can provide.
With electric power, many lives will improve. Families will have light for studies and housework, spend less on kerosene, suffer less lung disease. Schools can use TV to dramatically improve teaching. Rechargeable batteries become an option.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
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