This Ray of Sunshine shares thoughts from SunnyMoney solar light customers in Malawi on how their children’s study time was affected before having a solar light.
Alex Chimdima has one boy and one girl at Kambalu school who used to use torches for their homework. Alex told our research team, "It affected them negatively because we were always trying to save batteries for the other day therefore denying them enough time to study." Alex bought a d.light S2 in the School Campaign in Dowa in June this year.
Luka Green has three girls at Kambalu Secondary School in Dowa district. The girls used to use a kerosene lamp for study but, "The children were not enjoying their studies using the kerosene lamp since it could run out of kerosene any time. I heard that the [solar light] is guaranteed so I knew the product is worth the amount." Luka bought a d.light S2 in June.
Dinnes Maenje has one boy and one girl at the local primary school, Namatongwe. The children used torches to light up their homework but Dinnes says, "They were affected and sometimes they didnt’ even want to study at all because of the little time they were given to study while trying to save batteries." Dinnes bought a Greenlight Planet SunKing Mobile recently.
Jacob Kamanga has two boys and four girls at the local school. He says that using a torch for their homework "affected them because sometimes we had to make a choice between using the torch for studying or lighting when cooking especially when the batteries are dying." He decided to buy a SunKing Mobile because, "I wanted to help my children with their studies and also save money."
Pashion Chiwana has two boys and three girls at school who used to use candles for their study. This negatively affected their study time and motivation because, "They never had that freedom to study since candles don’t last long." Pashion bought a d.light S2.
We’ll be following up with Alex, Luka, Dinnes, Jacob and Pashion in a few months to see how they’re getting on with their solar lights. Follow me on Twitter to make sure you hear what we find out: @Sunrise_Kat