Support Christmas 2016 Fundraising Campaign

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Clean light for studies. Mweni, 10 years old, doing her homework. Photo: Will Swanson(GIVEWATTS)

GIVEWATTS now starts a fundraising campaign for a project in a new region,  South Narok in western Kenya on the border to Tanzania.  Narok County ha a population  900 000 people, most of which live completely off the grid and therefore uses kerosene, firewood and charcoal for lighting, heating and cooking. In this year’s fundraising effort we aim to reach financing for 2000 solar lamps to be distributed to school children and their families. 

Last year, our Christmas fundraising campaign made it possible to start up new projects with schools in Migori in Kenya. The total amount raised financed the distribution of 1 200 solar lamps to school children and their families. The families will be able to buy solar lamps in installments and will then replace fossil fuels with solar electricity. For every lamp sold as a new lamp can be purchased and sold to new families. A year later, we have almost reached with all these 1 200 solar lamps and the work continues sustainable in Migori to reach 1 000 families in 2017, it was the christmas campaign from last year that kick-started the results we see today.

Support our campaign 2016 and help to create sustainable development and more clean light for studies for school children in South Narok!

Support the campaign here!

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GIVEWATTS co-founders Jesper Hörnberg and Petter Claesson. Photo: GIVEWATTS

”Being able to turn on a light for homework, cooking and socializing are just as important for a Kenyan family as it is for a Swedish.”

– Petter Claesson, co-founder GIVEWATTS

Access to clean electricity – a way out of poverty

1.3 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity. 70% – 80% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa are dependent on kerosene, firewood and charcoal to light, heat and cooking. A large proportion of a household’s resources are spent in time to collect firewood or money to buy coal and kerosene. Breaking this energy poverty and creating access to renewable energy solutions for households in rural Africa requires new ways of thinking to achieve sustainable change.

GIVEWATTS vision is that renewable energy should be available to everyone, even those who live far from a power grid.

We work with a market-driven model in which we work in collaboration with schools to reach families. We create a local market and sell the lights at the market but enable the purchase of light through an instalment model. Revenues from lampförsäljningen goes to the purchase and sale of new bulbs to more families – a grassroots electrification below established. Donations from donors fund the startup of the project until the local business can survive on their own.

GIVEWATTS staff is present to support the transition to new technology and to monitor the impact causes the lights. A donation to GIVEWATTS support this activity based on sustainable development, where families on their own are taking themselves out of poverty. For SEK 500, a donor ensure that a lamp reaches a family. For the revenue from the sale of the lamp can GIVEWATTS purchase new lights and selling to more families, thus creating a positive sustainable process where more and more families are switching from kerosene to solar power

Each solar lamp helps to:

  • 5 people get access to clean light and electricity to charge the mobile phone
  • More time to study gives higher grades, 10-30% according GIVEWATTS own monitoring
  • Improved economy. Approximately 170 USD saved in the kerosene / mobile charging costs per year (10%-40% of household income)
  • Improved health through reduced use of kerosene and wood whose smoke damages the lungs and eyes
  • Transition from fossil fuel (kerosene) for renewable energy (solar)

Mwenis own words

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Mweni, 10 years old from Kitui in western Kenya. Photo: Will Swanson (GIVEWATTS)

Mweni  is 10 years old and attending fourth grade. She lives in Kitui village in western Kenya with her mother and father and two siblings.

Through GIVEWATTS co-operation with Mwenis school, local families have been able to buy solar lamps on instalment plans. The lamps contribute to more time being spent on studies. The lamps also contribute to improving the household economy by reducing kerosene consumption and the need for paying for mobile charging. Health is influenced positively when the family avoids the smoke from burning kerosene which is harmful to lungs and eyes. The risk of being involved in a fire accident is reduced thanks to the lamps.

Like most children in rural Africa Mweni needs help outa lot at home. She has chores to do before and after school. But in the evening she studies by the solar lamp. The lamp gives more time to study, but also more time for socializing with the family.

Today, only as few as 20 % of all children living in the Narok region will go on to secondary school after primary school and only a few of them will progress to university studies. In the schools where GIVEWATTS operate, we follow up on study results and we have measured improvements of 10-30% on average after the students have started using solar lamps providing more time for homework. Several schools also reports that more and more students meet the requirements to study at secondary school.

This is what Mweni thinks  of the solar lamp:

”I love GIVEWATTS lamp because it is very bright and that it does not burn in my eyes or sticks in my lungs that kerosine lamp we used previously did.”

Mwenis mother, Mwende, adds:

”With GIVEWATTS lamp can Mweni study longer in the evenings and work hard to achieve all their dreams for the future.”

Mwende and Mweni are now good ambassadors for GIVEWATTS lamps so that it becomes easier for us to reach out to more families in the region.

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Mwende, Mwenis mother. Foto: Will Swanson (GIVEWATTS)

How you can help!

Here you can make a contribution to support our operations in South Narok.

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Meet Wweni and Mwende in this video created in collaboration with Will Swanson and Marc Hofer 

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