Customer Stories

Customer Stories

Apollo Kagwa – Maasai Homeland, Kenya

Apollo is an elderly herbalist who lives alone on a large compound on Maasai land, close to Nairobi. He is a widower and proud father of 20 children, and owns a popular bar in the village center called Tokyo Tea House. The huge garden around his compound is full of plants, which he uses to cure diseases. He has five bee chambers for honey production, as well as plots for his livestock breeding. He dreams of having a pickup truck to help him collect herbs from the surrounding areas.Apollo uses his d.light lantern to light his home in the late evenings and to walk home at night because “without it, I would be blind. People in the community slowly are warming up toward solar…. It just came in very recent–very helpful–I can read and write at night.”

Janendra Singh, India


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Janendra, a farmer in rural India, can harvest at night with his d.light lantern. “There is a huge difference using the kerosene lantern and the d.light lantern. There is no pollution… I have thrown away my kerosene lanterns.His village did not have regular electricity. While power usually came on at 11 p.m., the time was never fixed. They used kerosene lamps to do everything, from work to studying to cooking. The kerosene was very smoky, making everything black: the walls, ceiling, and their clothes. “When we woke up in the morning, we would cough out soot from our mouths.”In Janendra’s family, their d.light lantern has completely replaced the kerosene lamps. “It works in all weather conditions and the light is brighter. Because we don’t need to spend any money on kerosene, we save around 200 rupees a month.” The family now uses their d.light for all their work: to go into the field, take out the grains for cooking, and move from one room to another.For Janendra’s daughter, the d.light lantern has taken away her fear of having the kerosene lamp very close to her books. The wind outside would force her to study inside the house. She often had to tilt the kerosene lamp to read, causing her to inhale smoke. Now she can study wherever she wants, and she is able to study more efficiently and for longer.

Bala Suleman – Mataisia Town near Kano, Nigeria

Bala lives with his 22 chlidren and three wives in a comfortably sized brick house. He works as a civil servant in the agriculture department of the local state government. He is also a small-scale farmer. He learned about d.light lanterns from his friend who runs a bookshop in the same neighborhood. “When I saw the way it was constructed and the quality of the plastic, I was completely convinced of the great value it can bring and bought two lamps straightaway for my stall.” His chicken farm is his great passion. Bala figured that if he gave his chickens light at night, they would continue eating and boost their productivity. Normally each chicken produces ten to fifteen eggs a month. Feeding them at night brought that number up to thirty.He now owns seven d.light lanterns. He started with two lanterns for his stall, added another three lanterns for his three wives, and uses one himself. With his d.light lanterns, Bala saves money on kerosene and batteries every day. He can now work on his next project: fish breeding.

Daw Tin Tin Mya – Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar

Daw Tin Tin Mya, a midwife and nurse in Myanmar, purchased a d.light lantern to aid her while she delivered babies. As a result, the expectant mothers in Shwebo Su village no longer need to give birth in pitch darkness or by the light of a dim, flickering candle. Not only can Daw deliver babies successfully with safe, bright light, she can also visit sick patients at night more easily. They find the strong light of the d.light lantern she brings with her very comforting.

Joel Barbengy – Illula Village, Kenya

Joel is a retired teacher now working as a farmer in Kenya. He is a respected member of his community, a mzee wa mtaa, or elder of the village. The family’s disposable income is limited and carefully planned for, especially in the pre-harvest season when cash is scarce. Joel was initially provided with a d.light loan lantern, which he subsequently bought. He then bought a second and a third d.light lantern. The family was very excited about not having to buy kerosene anymore. Besides the savings, they no longer have to travel long distances to buy kerosene and be in the dark when they experience shortages. They use their d.light lanterns in the kitchen to prepare dinner and to charge their mobile phones. Eyestrain had been a serious challenge for Joel’s son when he was studying with a kerosene lamp, but since he began studying with his d.light lantern, his school marks have improved significantly.

Lei Lei Su – Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar

  Lei Lei Su is a 12-year-old student in Myanmar with big dreams. She wants to be a doctor, but before getting her d.light lantern, this was just a pipe dream. After coming home from school, she would help her mother with chores and farm work. At night, Lei Lei would try to study by candlelight, only to be aggravated by mosquito bites and strong winds that would blow out the light. With her d.light lantern, she can now work inside the mosquito net without risk of fire, and, no matter what the weather, her light won’t go out.