Esther Ogega


Esther is headteacher of Nyakembene Primary school in Kenya and told the community about the chance to buy solar lights. “The parents say the solar lights are working well. They’ve moved from paraffin to the sun. They can have light for longer. They are happy. Parents and students use the lights at home but students use the most for studying. These solar lights are better than the kerosene lamps. The kerosene gives out smoke which affects health. The solar doesn’t. One litre of kerosene costs 100 Ksh and you can’t use that for long – it lasts maybe three days. This is a lot of money. There are differences in the children with the solar lights they are telling me they have longer time to study. They don’t complain about their eyes. Before, with paraffin, they complained with the smoke in their eyes, the smell of paraffin and that breathing is difficult. The mothers are the ones exposed to the firewood smoke as they do the cooking. The children are more exposed to the paraffin smoke as they sit close to the light. If you are going out in darkness you can use the solar light as a torch. I wake up at 4am so it helps me; I use it for milking; I have three cows. I only use solar now; I used to use paraffin lamps. There are a lot of savings. The paraffin lamps are sitting on a shelf, unused now. The lights are cleaner; you don’t need to clean the house so much from the soot. The solar lights are safe. I really trust the solar lights from SunnyMoney.”

“These solar lights are better than the kerosene lamps. The kerosene gives out smoke which affects health. The solar doesn’t.”