Yesterday the Eastern Province team sold its 5000th light! Sometimes its easy to become focused on the numbers, but these numbers have a real significance for us - each light sold equals another customer whose family is benefiting from the addition of a solar light in their home. 5000 homes, and around 25,000 people - something to be immensely proud of.
Oscious Tembo, Zonal Head for Kanyindula, with the school’s pre-existing solar system. In 2010 Mr Tembo identified the need for lighting at the school to encourage the students to study after the hours of dark. Under direction from a technician in the village the school purchased a solar panel, battery and inverter in order to power lights in the office and one of the classrooms.
Mr Tembo explained that the system had assisted the students but is temperamental and expensive to maintain. As part of the SunnyMoney Schools initiative, the school purchased two SunKing Pros for K360,000 (£45), which are now used in the place of this system to light the classroom. These two lights should provide 5 years of safe, appropriate and maintenance-free lighting.
Tisauke Phiri with her SunnyMoney Firefly solar light. Mrs Phiri bought her Firefly in November 2011 at Tikondane Community Centre, one of our distributors in Katete district. Mrs Phiri uses her light every day, removing the necessity for candles, which used to cost her around K6000 (£0.80) per week.
A typical night in Chipata; it’s standard for power to be out three or four nights a week in the town, usually when half way through cooking dinner. On these occasions it’s time to fall back on the cook stove - all lit by my trusty S1 and SunKing Pro solar lights.