Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps in Afghanistan

by Sustainable Development Organization for Women- SDOFW


Internally war in Afghanistan between Taliban, DAISH and Afghan Government, took life of around millions people and their homes are destroyed. Due to the destruction of houses, people are displaced from their homes and many lost most of their belongings. At many places, electricity distribution infrastructure has also been damaged and people are using kerosene lamp. This project aims to provide solar powered lamp.

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In Afghanistan, those without access to electricity generally rely on kerosene wick lamps (in 3.7 million households). This form of lighting is neither cost-effective nor environment-friendly. Fumes from the kerosene lamps affect the eyes and lungs and contribute to global warming due to release of greenhouse gas. The quality of light is inferior and there is a high risk of accidental fire. Additionally since kerosene has to be imported, government has to spend its limited foreign currency.


SDOFW is currently working at the site and helping with IDPs families and for the successful implementation we will do: 1) give orientation to youths, women & school students on renewable energy at the village level at the high IDPs areas, 2) train villagers on repair & maintenance, 3) distribute solar lamps to the people, where there are no electricity facilities and; 4) Install charging system at the targeted locations in villages.

Long-Term Impact

Improvement in quality of life, health (especially of children and women), and studying conditions; increase in evening economic activity; reduction in fire hazards, environmental pollution, global warming, and dependency on imported kerosene.

Organization Information

Sustainable Development Organization for Women- SDOFW

Location: Kabul - Afghanistan
Sustainable Development Organization for Women- SDOFW
Nasem Zahed
Project Leader:
Nasem Zahed
Kabul, Afghanistan

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