Solar lights have become increasingly affordable over the past 15 years. However, for the poorest families even the most affordable solar light remains out of reach. Many children are forced to use open flames or toxic kerosene just to study.
Light Libraries is one handy solar-powered program that brings an affordable end to darkness for school students, and designed to increase access to solar lights in rural communities for students coming from households which struggle to purchase a light outright. For as little as one cent a day, which is much less than families spend on candles, kerosene or batteries, students can borrow a solar light. Students are already reporting improved grades.