Social, Economic and Environmental Benefits
- SDFA-Africa is creating employment and nurturing innovation among youth in Africa.
- SDFA-Africa beneficiaries have reported savings of about $ 6- 10 each month from no longer purchasing kerosene. This gives people more money in their pocket to spend on education, healthcare, business and other potentially transformation opportunities for their families.
- The young women in areas we work have role models to inspire them to work hard and live a better life than their parents; something that we seek to inspire in the rural communities that we work in.
- Women are financially independent, a trait that will empower them to take part in the household decisions.
- School going children will have extra studying hours at night and support in terms of books, uniform and fees all factors that will play to improve their performance in school. Once they finish one level of education, the availability of funds within the household will facilitate transition to the next level of education. This goes in line with our objective of improving the transition rate from one level of education to the next.
- The lack of a quality light source has traditionally had knock on effects in productivity, by curtailing people’s opportunities to work after dark. SDFA-Africa’s beneficiaries are able to cost-effectively continue productive activities after dark, be it running retail outlets, farming or conducting countless small home-based production ventures that exist in low-income communities.
- The use of solar lighting will also help mitigate against climate change – by reducing emission of carbon dioxide and black carbon into the atmosphere.