Farmers in Africa Use Solar Lights to Improve Health and Protect the Environment

From foodtank.com, by Sarah Small
Farmers in Africa Use Solar Lights to Improve Health and Protect the Environment

Solar Lights After Dark, a recent video produced by One Acre Fund, shows how solar lights are a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solution to kerosene. According to One Acre Fund, 70 percent of the population in Kenya lives without electricity and most farmers currently rely on kerosene to light their homes.

Kerosene can produce negative health effects, such as pneumonitis and eczema, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). One Acre Fund began offering farmers solar lights in 2010 as a safe and affordable way to light homes after dark. The use of solar lights can save farm families an average of US$15 a year. In 2014, they delivered more than 4,000 solar lights to smallholder farmers and in 2015, One Acre Fund hopes to deliver more than 100,000 lights to farmers across East Africa.