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What we found
What social impact can we achieve?
We already knew that replacing kerosene lamps with Mandarin Solar Lights would have a big impact on the health, wealth and education of people living without electricity, we just didn’t know how much. So we decided to measure it for ourselves. With the help of our wonderful local partners, we established, funded, measured and monitored, three separate studies into the social impact of solar lights. The studies were established in Tanzania, Bali, and the Philippines, and the results speak for themselves.
illumination’s impact on health
Kerosene is highly toxic and extremely dangerous. The World Health Organisation estimates that breathing in fumes from burning kerosene at close range daily is the equivalent of smoking two packets of cigarettes every day. From our Philippines study, we found a dramatic reduction in numerous health issues through eliminating kerosene from the household.
illumination’s impact on wealth
If you earn under $2 per day (or $600 per year), paying over $2.00 per week (or $100 per year), for kerosene to light your home represents a massive impost on your budget. This money could otherwise be spent on food, medicine and school books.
illumination’s impact on education
Kerosene is not only toxic, dangerous and expensive, it actually gives out a terrible light that is very difficult to study by. We found that simply by switching a kerosene lamp for a Mandarin Solar Light a child’s study time increased by 78%! Not only that, for the first time children could study together. This meant that they could interact during their studies and therefore learn more!