Solar power to illuminate 350 villagers in Malawi

$1,835 $5,665
Raised Remaining


Most impoverished MicroLoan Foundation clients live in remote rural regions of Malawi and have no electricity. Your gift will allow us to purchase 500 solar lights, providing 50 women with the opportunity to start their own self-sustainable business. These cost effective lights will reduce the use of kerosene lamps in the home, so improving the health of the family, and allow students to complete homework. MLF USA fosters the entrepreneurial spirit by providing a hand-up not a hand-out.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Providing microfinance services to the impoverished women living in the remote areas of Malawi is challenging as many are illiterate, but they are willing to learn. The children are frequently undernourished, and many will not be educated past 6th grade. The village will not have electricity, water on tap, or sanitary facilities. Despite this, our clients are entrepreneurial and work hard to build their own businesses so that they can provide food, health care and education for the family.

How will this project solve this problem?

The solar light project solves three main problems: Provides a female client with a desirable product that she can sell in her area - providing income and a sense of empowerment. Provides a source of light in the home which allows students to complete homework, and family members to read, sew or pursue an evening pastime. Provide a cheaper, cleaner and more safe source of light than the commonly used kerosene lamps.

Potential Long Term Impact

The women selling the lights as a business will enjoy increased income. This will allow for better nutrition, healthcare and secondary education for their children. The women purchasing the lights will have extra money available as they will not need to purchase kerosene. The cost of kerosene for two months will purchase a solar light lasting one year. 50 women selling the lights will have an impact on at least 350 people, as on average each woman has 5 children.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,835

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,835 .  The original project funding goal was $7,500.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Rob Schmults

Stoughton, MA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Solar power to illuminate 350 villagers in Malawi