The Rays of Sunshine have now moved to Mondays to start the week with some positive news. What’s more, we’ll be having guest stars help write them…..this week’s Ray of Sunshine has been chosen and written by Chinyama Hansonga, one of SolarAid’s research team in Zambia (pictured).
*The introduction of solar lights by SolarAid has changed the lives of many people from different parts of Zambia. During an interview with Timothy Mwiimbili, a farmer from Cheelo Community in Choma district in Southern Province revealed that buying solar lights has had real impact on his life.
“From the time we started using solar lights, children are able to study for longer hours, apart from that, the use of solar lights has enabled us to sit and chat as a whole family in the evening, of which was not the case before buying the light.”
Apart from lighting the house, the use of solar lights has enabled Timothy to save about k12.00 (~$2) which he was spending for kerosene per week. Using solar lights has helped him save that money for other household uses like buying clothes and lotion for his school-going children.
The use of solar light has made Timothy’s household to have lighting on for about 4 hours per night compared to 2 hours of having lighting on when they were using kerosene lamps.
Timothy uses the solar lights for a lot of things, “we use the light when cooking, even when someone is sick, the solar light was helpful when I was taking my wife to the clinic in the night. Apart from that, the children also use the light when studying.”
Timothy also expressed his happiness of using solar lights as he noted that his children spend a lot of hours doing their homework without any worry of having health complications associated when using kerosene lamps. “We no longer experience chest problems, since solar lights do not emit any gases, so it has no effects to our health, apart from that, there are no charges or bills associated with solar lights. It is good for us who live in farms.” Timothy revealed.*
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