Africa, Development & Aid, Poverty & MDGs:
Lighting Up Kampala’s Informal Settlements

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Kampala - In Kampala's slums, people are finding cheap and innovative ways to light up their houses through simple solar technology.
Funded by the Daylight Project, a community innovation scheme, the technology uses clear plastic bottles, with water and silicone to create light bulbs.

If properly made and installed, the bulbs emit up to 60 watts of light, generated from the sun, and last between five and seven years.

Alison Odong, who lives in Kampala’s Kamwoyka slum, says she is delighted with the project’s work because poor people could not afford electricity.

According to the World Bank, only nine per cent of Uganda’s 34.5 million people have access to electricity. And in 2012, the Ugandan Electricity Regulatory Authority approved an average 47 per cent increase in rates. (END//2013)

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