In March 2019, GLOW partnered with Sunny Money Zambia and the Ministry of Health to bring portable solar lights to nurses working in Chongwe and Rufunsa.
Most nurses and doctors make house calls rather than working only in their local clinics because they are located in very rural regions. Oftentimes, medical professionals are forced to treat their patients using only a candles or kerosene as a light source. This leaves room for error, as well as high risk for burns and/or infection.
The hospitals and clinics see the demand for a durable light source for their staff members, yet they cannot afford to provide a solar light for everyone.
GLOW will provide the initial cost of the lights for the clinics. And, the clinics will offer the lights on credit to their staff members.
This means each person is able to pay off the light monthly (it will be taken directly from their paycheck to keep it simple).
Keep in mind the light will be THEIRS, which means they don't need to return it during non-working hours. Considering most people spend as average of 25-30% of their income on their current light source (candles, kerosene, batteries), the cost incurred for the solar lamp will not exceed what they already spend.
Once the light is paid off (estimated 5 - 6 months), then their source of light is FREE.
The initial donation will then be recycled again to purchase more lights for more medical professionals in the region.
Plus, medical staff are often held in high regard in their communities. Which means others will get to know the power of solar by seeing them use it, and truly trust the product, as well.