Rajany, a peace corps volunteer in Madagascar, distributes LuminAID lights to silk weavers, helping them reduce overhead costs of their craft. The solar lights replace expensive candles, reducing fire risk and improving the quality of light for the silk weavers to do their work. The weavers are able to recharge the lanterns themselves, increasing their independence and ability to pursue their craft.
Phone use is widespread worldwide, and is an important tool for refugees in particular. 86% of refugees interviewed in Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan owned a mobile phone. But 9 out of 10 refugees live in settlements without ready access to electricity. LuminAID solar phone chargers provide a portable solution to help keep families safe and connected to loved ones. Read about why charged phones are important for refugees, and how solar can help.
Inefficient and unsafe lights are not only dangerous for human health, but for the health of the Earth as well. Solar is a naturally renewable energy, and relying on it for basic energy needs can improve environmental as well as household air quality—improving air quality for individuals and the global community. LuminAID solar lights provide a rechargeable green energy option for basic lighting needs, reducing dependence on kerosene and fuelwood.
Light can be more than a tool for after dark; it is also a source of comfort and safety in dark times. Families living in temporary shelters following disasters are often left in uncertainty when the sun sets. LuminAID solar lights offer comfort and safety when conditions are unstable. LuminAID lanterns with phone charging also provide the comfort of keeping in contact with family members and emergency services.
Second only to agriculture, craft-making is the second most common employment in rural areas worldwide. Many craft-makers must work in the light of kerosene lanterns, or restrict their work to daylight hours. Solar lanterns provide the safe and sufficient lighting that is integral for craft-makers and self-employed artisans.
Without access to electricity or other clean lighting options, health providers in these areas struggle to provide life-saving care after dark. Particularly in rural areas, LuminAID solar lighting can relieve the financial burden associated with fuel-based light sources, and allow these health clinics to focus precious funds on serving patients.
Fumes, burns, and fuel ingestion are the dangers faced by families who have to rely on kerosene lanterns or other fuel-based light sources. Millions around the world are affected by these risks. Safe solar lights offers a clean solution that can reduce health risks faced by families in communities without ready access to electricity.
ShelterBox brought LuminAID solar lights to Dominica and other Caribbean Islands where power was knocked out by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma. Safe light and shelter are helping these communities recover from the devastating storms.
One surprising result of access to safe lighting is its positive impact on women and girls. Women using LuminAID solar lanterns reported increased feelings of safety at night. Access to solar light reduces manual labor that particularly affects girls and women, allows female artisans to work comfortably and safely, and reduces dangerous household fumes produced by fuel-based lighting sources.Safe light helps free up women’s time for education activities and allows them to pursue studying even after dark.
LuminAID partnered with Latina Girls Code's to provide LuminAID lanterns to their STEM day. Latina Girls Code aims to help young minority girls gain exposure to STEM careers through solar technology, engineering, astronomy, and 3-D printing in order to empower them to pursue a career path in the field of STEM.
The Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation aims to alleviate socioeconomic problems facing the indigenous people on the Cabecar Indigenous Reserve in Costa Rica through economical and creative means. LuminAID was able to give 20 lights to the foundation for distribution at the reserve to alleviate problems associated with not having a source of light throughout the night.
After a devastating hurricane season, LuminAID partnered with local Chicago organizations to get more safe light to those in need. Through the Chicago4PR campaign, Chicagoans came together to raise solar lanterns for families without power in Puerto Rico. Thanks to the generosity of LuminAID supporters and Chicago organizations, more than 10,000 solar lanterns were pledged for disaster relief in Puerto Rico.