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Solar lantern design and production

Margaret Warrumu's experience

Although there were some problems with the sample lanterns, overall reactions in Nakuru were very positive. One user said during testing, 'I've fallen in love with it already. I'd hate to lose it.'

Margaret Warrumu was also pleased with the new light. As she explains: 'I used to buy kerosene frequently, but unless I use my small lamp for the kitchen, I don't need to any more. I used to spend 120 Kenyan shillings (about 1 UK) on kerosene; now I only spend around 40 per month. As soon as we got the lantern we could see it was better than kerosene. It's especially good in lighting my way outside and helping my children do their homework.'

Margaret has found that the lantern has made a difference to her family and social life in general. 'People can stay up later. With kerosene, every hour we stay up burns more, so we turn the lamp off and go to bed early to save money. Now, with the lantern, we recharge it every day and stay up longer.'

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