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In much of rural Zambia, communities depend heavily on either candles or home-made kerosene lanterns for their lighting needs (see picture to the left). On a recent field trip we came across one of these home-made lanterns.
We met Mrs Elizabeth Kabanga, wife of the Village Headman in the Chibanga community, which is located deep in the Fiwila catchment area (about 360 km north-east of the Zambian capital, Lusaka). Mrs Kabanga demonstrated her lantern (see picture to the right), giving us an idea of just how bad the thing smelt - and how poor the quality of light that it produced. "How do you expect us to read with this?" she asked.
This is exactly the type of foul smelling, highly polluting, inefficient, and expensive lighting source that we are trying to replace - with clean, simple solar lanterns.
Mrs Kabanga kindly presented the lantern to the SolarAid Zambia team, and it now sits in our office in Lusaka as a strong reminder of why we are here.