A group of women who we had given lanterns to recently got stranded several miles from home after dark, it had taken longer than they had thought to sell their produce but they had thought to take their lanterns with them. Thank you all on their behalf and please keep them coming.
While our main criteria for giving solar lanterns has remained the same, i.e., when there is no school or clinic and two churches or a very small village, our practice has changed to reflect our changing ethos. We are sourcing lamps locally to supplement those donated and selling them to the villages subsidised by 50% on our cost but fostering ownership and self-respect. Also we give solar lanterns to midwives or health workers and supply them for facilities away from our main installation like a clinic bathroom or community kitchen.