Single mother and sole bread winner Mary Pako received solar lighting in her home for the first time last year. The 45-year-old, who lives in a remote village of Tenarau in the Guadalcanal province of the Solomon Islands is a client of the South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Solar Lighting Loan.
Prior to accessing the loan, Mary’s family of five was used to living in darkness and their eyes were accustomed to the smoke and dim lighting that their kerosene lamps would provide.
The last six months has been life changing for Mary, after she was able to obtain a small loan to buy a solar lighting kit.
“The solar lighting has enabled me to do more tailoring and sewing in the evenings to supplement my income from agriculture. My children have also been able to do their homework and study after dark,” Mary said.
Mary has also been able to save SBD $60 (USD 7.70) per week that she would usually spend on the kerosene she would buy for lamps to light her home.