Kenya Program: Use Solar, Save Lives

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The ‘Use Solar, Save Lives’ program was founded in 2004 by the then 19 year old college student, Evans Wadongo. The aim of the program is to improve livelihoods and education in areas without electricity, by providing households with solar energy. Evans’s experience growing up in a rural home in western Kenya, where he studied using tin kerosene lanterns, called ‘Koroboi’; was his driving force and he used part of his student loan to set up the program. The program involves the design, production and distribution of Solar Powered Lanterns dubbed “MwangaBora” to poor rural households without electricity; and helping communities set up economic ventures from savings on kerosene.  The solar lamps are made from at least 50% recycled materials. ‘Mwangabora’ lanterns are the first African designed and produced solar powered lanterns customized to suit the conditions in rural African villages.

The program is improving education and health, reducing carbon emissions and economically empowering communities. There three projects under the program:

·      Economically empowering women in poor communities

·      Empowering youth as agents of change

·      Supporting knowledge warriors in pastoralist communities