This week’s Ray of Sunshine has been chosen and written by guest star Vitalis Kaiza (pictured). Vitalis has just been trained as a SolarAid Research Assistant in Tanzania, he’s pictured above conducting a phone interview with a solar light customer.
* This story is about Sauda Mataka, a mother of four from Dodoma.
Sauda is a teacher and she bought a d.light S300 from the SunnyMoney team in August 2013. Before this light, Sauda used kerosene lamps to light her home.
“[The solar light] is the only source of light I have in my family, so it helps me a lot during night time for reading and lighting my house. I get enough light for my activities like reading and even my children are using it for studying at home. I am very satisfied because it gives enough light during night time and the good thing is you can select the brightness of light you want if it’s brighter or not.”
Sauda now lights her home for 6 hours a night (compared to 4 hours before) and her children study for three hours per day by using the light.
“I used to spend a lot of money to get the light in my house, it cost me more than 5,000 Tsh (nearly $3) per week to buy kerosene. Even my children they couldn’t study for so long because the light from those kerosene lamps could not satisfy them; gave them cough and eyes problems. But since I bought this [solar] light I see how my children improve academically, now they can study not less than three hours per day by using the light. I need to see my children improve more academically so I use the savings [from lighting spending] to buy them education items, give them more food in order to give them a good balance diet so they can grow healthier. I’m happy with my family since I got this light, my family health also have been changed after minimising the use of kerosene, now we don’t suffer with cough and eyes problems anymore, all thanks to SolarAid they saved our lives.” *
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