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Light is basic is an initiative of YAWI. The project is to provide rural women in Kenya and South Sudan with solar lanterns to light their homes. Most of the women in rural areas have no access to electricity and they have no hope of getting electricity in the near future.
They use various sources of light but most of them are expensive, hazardous and environmentally unfriendly. Solar lantern is cheap to maintain, it is initial cost is reasonable and affordable to many. YAWI seeks to provide clean, renewable and free sources of energy as well as devices to increase their standards of living. Fossil fuels are currently the primary source of energy in most underdeveloped countries. Only about 25% of the country of KENYA is electrified and about 10% of Sudan.

The program targets 10000 women beneficiaries both in Kenya and South Sudan.

Light is basic project will overcome many challenges in a woman life. The advantages of solar lantern are:
Improves Health issues
Fumes from kerosene lamps in poorly ventilated houses are a serious health problem in much of the world where electric light is unavailable.
Respiratory Problems
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), people who regularly use kerosene heaters do have more respiratory diseases than the general population.
Improves Fire-Reduction
Kerosene lamps are a serious fire hazard in the developing world, killing and maiming tens of thousands of people each year.
Improves Literacy rate
Solar light improves literacy, because people can read after dark more easily than they can by candle or lamp light. School work improves and eye sight is safeguarded when children study by solar powered light.
Saves Energy
Solar electricity for the Third World is clearly the most effective energy conservation program because it conserves costly conventional power for urban areas.
Extends the Working day in rural areas
On average it is dark by 6:30 year round. Solar Lighting allows rural families to extend their workday into the evening hours. Many villages where solar lights are installed see an increase in their economic activity levels. Installing Solar lights in villages allows businesses to operate during the evening. Solar electricity helps promote local enterprises as small shops and village markets can use the systems to provide lighting to operate during the evening.

Reduces Maintenance
Use of a solar light rather than gensets or kerosene lamps reduces the time and expense of refueling and maintenance. Kerosene lamps and diesel generators must be filled several times per day. In rural areas, purchasing and transporting of kerosene or diesel fuel is often both difficult and expensive.
Reduces local air pollution
Use of solar electric systems decreases the amount of local air pollution.
Offsets greenhouse gases
Photovoltaic systems produce electric power with no carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Carbon emission offset is calculated at approximately 6 tons of CO2 over the twenty-year life of one PV system.

We are looking for sponsors, volunteers and partners to make this come true.
Currently YAWI has been able to supply 120 solar lanterns to women in rural Kenya. Maasai land within one month of its operation.


looking for volunteers who: raise for the program one lantern cost about $30
2.Adopt group of women to sponsor we are targeting 5000 women in rural Masai area and 5000 in south Sudan over to volunteer with us for a period of four to 25 weeks.
4. advertise our website to your friends and people who are environmental conscious.
5. make friends by connecting with a rural woman through the program buy her a lantern and connect with her through yawi

please if you are interested withe program send us an email at:



mrbeckbeck's picture

So important!

This is an incredible project and I applaud your effort! I wish you the highest levels of success.

If you haven't already seen it, I would like to point you to the World Pulse Toolkit on Fundraising:

You've done a great job describing the importance of the project and how the solar lanterns would improve life for people in rural Kenya. Do you have any specific information about how people can get involved in supporting this project? Or, do you have a link to more information about YAWI and the work they're doing already?

Thank you so much for sharing this Need with the community. I look forward to hearing more.
Best wishes,

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

fidelity's picture

Thanks mrbeckbeck. any person

Thanks mrbeckbeck. any person who which to get involved with LIGHT IS BASIC PROJECT can send us an email on to know more about YAWI visit our website
you are all welcome to support the project


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