Our Funding Goals
Our goal, with your support, is to raise funds to light up villages all over The Gambia, changing the lives of as many Gambians as we can. The idea behind the programme is that for around £2,250 we're able to light up a rural village using solar lighting, a life-changing gift. The lights are then distributed amongst the local community who pay a small amount for them each day (less than the cost of buying candles). This money is collected and saved by a village committee who, after one or two years, will reinvest the funds into more solar lights as well as other sustainable business ideas.
Over the years, we've supported many schools in The Gambia. In keeping with our educational roots, we ask communities to put 50% of their generated income back into education with the other 50% going to the sustainable business of their choice.
For example, a village can reinvest the funds into further income-generating projects such as rice cultivation equipment so that the village can sell their own rice, buying a solar powered TV so the village can sell tickets to watch football matches (a very popular past time) or perhaps buying an ice machine so the village can sell ice.
The benefits of solar lights
There are so many benefits to the Gambian villages who take part in the 'Light up a Village' programme.
- Cheaper than traditional lighting
- Limits the risk of fire from candles and kerosene lanterns
- Empowers Gambians
- Better reading light
- Better social conditions
- No more carbon monoxide fumes from candles and kerosene lanterns