When I was working in Haiti, I had the unfortunate opportunity to care for an elderly woman that had sustained second and third degree burns over most of her body. She had been walking in her home when her dress had caught fire from the oil lamp that was illuminating the room. She ended up passing away overnight. I spoke to my local colleagues and they told me that this was not uncommon in the rural part of Haiti I was working in.
Upon returning to the US, I was driving in my car when I heard about this innovation called the solar power flashlight.
So what are the potential benefits of the solar power flashlight in resource limited environments.
1. Health Impact
Injury prevention- As noted above in the story above, the solar power flashlight is a great way to reduce injuries from burns as it allows for a light source that is affordable and low cost. It also provides safety for those traveling/working in the dark.
Reduce healthcare costs- in many countries with inadequate infrastructure these lights can help reduce energy expenditure associated with running generators.
2. Economic impact
Cost of oil- up to half of impoverished families’ income goes towards purchasing kerosene. Imagine what they could do with doubling their expendable income.
Business opportunity- Consider empowering communities by helping them set up their own sustainable business to sell this tool. Why just buy and donate, when you can help a community build a sustainable business model that will bring funds back into the community.
Consider partnering with One Million Lights to bring BOGO Lights to the community you work with.