09 Aug '11, 11am
Bright Lights, Small Village: "Empowered by Light" Brings Solar to Rural Africa
Empowered By Light was founded by Rabobank Executive Vice President Marco Krapels, Moira Hanes, and Gianluca Signorelli, Rabobank’s Vice President for Renewable Energy Finance. Krapels read and was inspired by the New York Times article by Elisabeth Rosenthal, describing how children in rural Africa improved their grades when given access to solar-powered light. When Warner Philips and Alex Nigg from Lemnis shared their Pharox Solar kit, the organization launched its first project, committing to deliver 5,000 solar-powered LED light/cell phone charge kits to rural families in Zambia with no access to electric power. Instead of spending 20% of their income on toxic kerosene lighting, families are now able to gather around the clean light from the Pharox kits to work, study and read into the night.