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2014

The Light Library : providing access to renewable energy for education (Senegal)

Senegal

Titre : The Light Library : providing access to renewable energy for education (Senegal)

Pays : Senegal

Date : 2014

Résumé
The Light Library, a new distribution model designed by SunnyMoney meant that a library of solar lights was given to schools in rural Senegal to enable students to borrow the lights to study after dark. The model increased study hours, saved families money, and communities were more engaged in the school.

Description
SunnyMoney, UK charity SolarAid’s social enterprise, tested a new solar light distribution model in rural Senegal : The Light Library. This model was designed & delivered by SunnyMoney, funded by Lighting Africa (World Bank), & delivered in partnership with the Senegalese Rural Electrification Agency, & Ministry of Education. The Light Library is a donated set of solar lights given to selected public schools to enable students to borrow the lights to study after dark. The lights were donated to the Ministry of Education, are managed by the school & community, & provide access to, awareness of, & exposure to solar lights. With a token charge per night for borrowing the lights, the use of the library is available to all with the added benefit that the school can raise a small fund to replace the lights (at the end of their lifespan), add additional lights, or use for other school expenditure. All students have equal access to the lights. Whole families gained awareness of solar & the benefits through their use. The model was designed as a direct response to requests for a distribution model for solar lights that offered exposure to, & built awareness of, solar lights in order to help build trust & demand without undermining strategies to build a sustainable market for the sale of this technology. Nearly 5,000 solar lights were procured for the project, 58 schools selected & an estimated 55,000 people gained direct exposure to the solar lights through the Light Library project.

Bénéficiaires
Children at rural schools in Senegal and their families, as well as teachers.

Porteur projet : SunnyMoney (SolarAid’s social enterprise) (NGOs)

Financement : Lighting Africa (World Bank)

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