Let There Be Light International (LTBLI) addresses the basic lighting needs of vulnerable off-grid communities in sub-Saharan Africa. They work to set up and manage community-based solar programming with vetted local NGO Partners who are active in these areas and already have relationships with the most vulnerable households.
Together, they distribute solar lights to appropriate individuals and families, prioritizing handicapped and orphaned children, women, and the elderly. To amplify health outcomes, LTBLI also use solar energy to electrify high priority off-grid health clinics in these communities, reaching an average of 17,000 people in each catchment area. Further, they host free educational and outreach forums about how solar lighting offsets the dangers of kerosene, seeding solar markets and supporting last-mile renewable energy programming.
In the areas LTBLI serves throughout Uganda and Malawi, rural electrification rates range from 5% to 19%. The primary lighting input in these off-grid communities is kerosene, which is expensive and responsible for high rates of house fires, childhood burns, poisonings, respiratory infections, and headaches. And, kerosene is a major contributor to global climate change, an issue affecting every one of us.
Makers4Good is a proud supporter of LTBLI and has provided them with both funding and HELIO solar lights to help them distribute power and light to individuals and communities living off-grid in Africa.