Increased savings and productivity can help bring families out of perpetual poverty:
Household cash flow is increased by 25% (P1,800/month), through a combination of reduced energy expenditure on kerosene and batteries plus higher income due to longer and more productive working hours and higher yields (e.g., fishermen can attract more fish and farmers can drive away pests).
People can charge their mobile phones without having to walk many kilometers to a charging station, keeping them more connected and efficient with their time.
Increased study and classroom time, test scores, and motivation:
Students study 45% longer and improve their grades.
Teachers are able to work with children and make lesson plans when there is little or no natural light.
97% of the parents think their children are more motivated to read and learn since they work with a solar lantern.
Cleaner air, less battery waste, more environmental education:
Every solar lantern reduces 130 kilograms of greenhouse gases per year, keeping air clean and safe.
Exposing more people to clean and renewable energy helps promote environmental awareness and strengthens the hope of a sustainable future.
With solar lanterns, maritime and forest guards protect Filipino ecosystems from harmful waste.
More time and opportunities to come together:
100% of people surveyed said that they now have more time to engage in community activities.
86% of households feel that domestic chores are easier to accomplish
health and safety impact
Improved air quality, household safety, and natural disaster safety:
Health improves due to reduction in smoke inhalation, with household members coughing 56% less.
97% feel safer, with lower risk of fires and injuries, and the ability to seek help at night.
Replacing kerosene with solar energy eliminates the risks of severe burns and household fires, leaving families safer and parents more comfortable when their children study at night.
With our lanterns, search and rescue teams can effectively ensure people's safety and provide early warning on floods through checking reservoirs at night.
With proper lighting, health workers can now help mothers give birth throughout the night, decreasing infant mortality rates.