Solar lamps making a difference to lives of fishing communities in Buikwe district of Uganda

Last Modified: Sat Mar 26 2016 13:48:36 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 70,000
    The estimated number of individuals in 52 communities, directly depending on fishing as their main source of employment. Rural fishing communities spend huge amounts on kerosene for lighting at home and for fishing activities - pressurized kerosene lanterns are widely used to attract fish.
  • 1-2 litres
    of fuel per night of fishing consumed by the lamps.They are also difficult to operate on the lake at night as they have to be re-pressurized and many parts can easily break, therefore needing regular replacements.
  • 35%-50%
    of the take-home pay is spent on lighting costs (fuel plus lamp maintenance). At the same time the use of the kerosene lamps is associated with the emissions of a considerable amount of the CO2 and a variety of health and security risks.
  • 750
    solar lamps - 150 solar fishing lights from Omnivoltaic and 600 solar lanterns with a mobile charging feature from Venus, both global manufacturers of such products distributed by OneLamp - a social enterprise based in Uganda.
  • 3,700
    fishers and their dependents will directly benefit. Together they could net annual saving of USD 54,000 for their households. In addition, this will avert over 470,000 kg of CO2 by stopping the usage of kerosene for lighting by night fishers as well as in their homes.