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d.light receives $3.4M grant to provide 10,000 solar home systems to refugees in Uganda

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d.light, the solar products and affordable finance for low-income households, has received a USD$3.4M grant from Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and Energising Development (EnDev), to provide 10,000 subsidized solar home systems to refugees living in refugee camps in Northern and Western Uganda.

The 10,000 units are part of a wider initiative to supply 23,000 solar home systems to Ugandan refugee communities who have fled conflict in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a statement, d.light’s Managing Director for Uganda Douglas Gavala said, “With this grant, we can expand the important work we’re doing to improve living conditions for underserved refugee communities from South Sudan, the DRC and elsewhere who are living in refugee camps in Uganda.”

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675 million people worldwide live without electricity and about 2.3 billion people lack access to clean cooking. This has a dramatic impact on livelihoods and the environment. d.light’s solar solutions change that by making clean energy products universally accessible and affordable. d.light envisions a brighter future where everyone can enjoy the benefits of affordable energy while uplifting their communities.

The project, which began in April and is scheduled to run for 12 months. Funds from the grant are subject to results based financing (RBF) and d.light will only receive funding for solar home systems that have been installed. Each solar home system from d.light features three high-efficiency LED lights, an FM radio with MP3 playback, mobile phone charging capability, and a portable solar flashlight.

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The solar home systems are expected to significantly improve the quality of life and wellbeing of households – by providing entertainment, local and global news on the radio or enabling children to continue reading and studying after dark. d.light products also bolster household income in Uganda’s refugee settlements by extending working hours for tradespeople and small businesses, and providing an income for residents who work as d.light salespeople in the settlements.

Founded in 2007 at Stanford in California, d.light has sold nearly 30 million products, including solar lanterns, solar home systems, TVs, radios, and smartphones, impacting the lives of over 150 million people.

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James Musoba
James Musoba
Studying Africa's startup and technology scene. I always look forward to discovering new exciting inventions and vibrant entrepreneurs.

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