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  • Powering the solar mamas at Barefoot College

    Powering the solar mamas at Barefoot College

    Over the past year, a partnership grant has literally powered the seminal campus of Barefoot College in India. The grant helped replace thirty-year-old, aged-out solar equipment, more than tripling the kilowattage in parts of the historic campus.

  • Solar Lighting for Community Development in Northern Ghana

    Solar Lighting for Community Development in Northern Ghana

    Poor access to affordable and sustainable technologies for lighting is a major hindrance to development in communities across Africa. In response to such needs, the Foundation has extended its support in a partnership with NewEnergy (a local Ghanaian NGO) and Signify (a global leader in Lighting products) to distribute over 6,000 solar lanterns in the targeted districts.

  • Bright energy saving villages, Indonesia

    Bright energy saving villages, Indonesia

    Access to light for communities in off-grid villages through Kampung Terang Hemat Energi (Bright Energy-Saving Villages) Indonesia. A 2017 – 2018 program where approximately 25 villages in North Sumatra, East Bali, Central Kalimantan and Maluku will be provided with innovative, solar-based LED lighting technology.

  • Can light tackle gender-based violence?

    Can light tackle gender-based violence?

    Sitting on the floor of the women’s protection centre at the Rohingya refugee camp, surrounded by a group of regulars, and I am struck by two things; one, these are adolescent and pre-adolescent little girls – not yet women; and two, all the girls have make up on – red lipstick, powdery pink eye shadow, glitter on their cheeks, shiny clips in their hair.

  • Solar Light in Enkanini, South Africa

    Solar Light in Enkanini, South Africa

    As electricity is not available, many residents use kerosene lanterns which are dangerous. The fumes are toxic and the flames cause fires. Many children grow up in fear of fire. They even have a children’s song about it: “There’s a fire on the mountain. Run! Run!” Not too long ago a fire broke out and burned up 200 homes within hours.

  • Creating an army of solar technicians to make solar a viable reality!

    Creating an army of solar technicians to make solar a viable reality!

    At a recent business reception, an African diplomat told me his roof top solar installation hadn’t been functioning for months and that he was at wits end in finding a technician locally to repair and maintain. He wondered whether I had any ideas or ways to help him, for instance by sending an expert technician to fix his problem once and for all. Though I was a bit taken aback by this request, as the meeting was in Utrecht in the Netherlands, it did get me thinking.

  • Empowering local women entrepreneurs & building solar energy access in rural Rajasthan

    Empowering local women entrepreneurs & building solar energy access in rural Rajasthan

    In rural Rajastan, India, agricultural farming families & daily wage laborers are dependent on kerosene lanterns and battery torches as lighting sources. Women have limited opportunities for income generation.

  • "Lighting library" for schools in Uganda

    "Lighting library" for schools in Uganda

    Access to light through a "lighting library" in schools, where students can use solar lanterns to take home to learn, play and create after dark in Uganda.

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