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Energy Globe World Award 2016

Finalist in the category Fire

Submitted by: Sustainable Development For All
Country: Kenya

Use Solar, Save Lives

The Use Solar, Save Lives program from Sustainable Development For All aims to provide rural people with skills to make their own products, but also to use the products to increase their income. Youth with informal education are trained to produce simple solar lamps from at least 50% recycled materials and to distribute the lamps to women with the help of groups. These women are trained in micro entrepreneurship and receive help to initiate income generating ventures from funds saved from the obsolete need to purchase kerosene. The women then use the group ventures as a collateral to access further financing to expand, and have more income to support their family with food, education, and healthcare among other needs. With more income, the women can later on invest in biogas for cooking and improved cookstoves. Sustainable Development For All was founded in 2007 with a budget of less than $ 1000 and benefitted only 100 people. It has since grown to impact over 300,000 people. In the last 5 years, it has provided over 1200 youth with informal education. These young people have since made over 60,000 Mwangabora solar lamps from scrap metals and other recycled materials benefitting 60,000 households, and providing over 200,000 children with clean energy for lighting while eliminating over 2.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Women were trained and helped to set up over 300 businesses.

Fire - Finalists

  • Project: Mobile solar power stations
    Applicant: Multicon AG & Co. KG
    Country: Germany

  • Project: Solar Suitcases for Maternal Health
    Applicant: We Care Solar
    Country: Ethiopia

  • Project: Use Solar, Save Lives- Turning Kerosene into Honey
    Applicant: Sustainable Development For All
    Country: Kenya

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