“There is a huge difference using the kerosene lantern and the d.light lantern. There is no pollution… I have thrown away my kerosene lanterns.”
Janendra, a farmer in rural India, lives in a village without regular electricity. His family relied on kerosene lamps for lighting their home, but it was very smoky and blackened their home and clothes with soot. Now, the family’s d.light lantern has replaced the kerosene lamps. “Because we don’t need to spend any money on kerosene, we save around 200 rupees a month.” Janendra’s daughter previously relied on kerosene to study, which was dangerous and produced poor-quality lighting. Now, she can study longer, and more efficiently.
Daw Tin Tin Mya
Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar
Daw Tin Tin Mya, a midwife and nurse in Myanmar, purchased a d.light lantern to aid her while she delivered babies. As a result, the expectant mothers in Shwebo Su village no longer give birth in darkness. Daw can now deliver babies successfully with safe, bright light, and can also aid sick patients at night more easily. Her patients find the light of the d.light lantern she brings with her very comforting.
Maasai Homeland, Kenya
Apollo is an elderly herbalist who lives on Maasai land, close to Nairobi. He is a widower and proud father, and owns a popular business in the village center. Apollo uses his d.light lantern to light his home and to walk home at night. “Without it, I would be blind. People in the community slowly are warming up toward solar…. It just came in very recent—very helpful—I can read and write at night.”
Mataisia Town near Kano, Nigeria
Bala learned about d.light lanterns from his friend. “When I saw the way it was constructed and the quality of the plastic, I was completely convinced of the great value it can bring and bought two lamps straightaway for my stall.” Bala used his d.light to increase productivity on his chicken farm. Normally, each chicken produces 10-15 eggs a month. By using his d.light to feed the chickens at night, Bala boosted productivity to 30 eggs a month. He now owns seven d.light lanterns, saving money on kerosene and batteries.