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Solar lantern design and production

John and Stephen's experience

It’s not just the quality of family life, social life and education that have improved as a result of the lantern.

John Ngujuna and Stephen Njenga are both farmers. John uses the lantern to light up the work area in the centre of his 3.5 acre farm, allowing him to work for longer. His neighbour Stephen has a rather more unusual idea. He uses the last hour of his lantern charge to light up his chicken hut, believing that his chickens lay more eggs when they have light for longer.

John is also delighted that he can plug in his radio and listen to African Nations Cup football commentaries!

So many people could see the advantages of the new lantern that there were far more wanting to help test them than there were lanterns to go round.



 

 

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