Days start and end early in rural India. Without proper lighting facilities women cook and children study in the light of a candle or lamps lit up by kerosene oil. This poses numerous health hazards and is not environment-friendly. Women on Wings, with over 10 years’ experience of working in rural India, supported Signify Foundation’s initiative to cater to the needs of rural households with innovative lighting solutions to improve their livelihoods.
In 2017, Women on Wings distributed indoor solar lights to 800 rural households in Pilibhit District in the state of Uttar Pradesh, after conducting a baseline survey amongst the participants. The end objective of the program was to measure and document the impact of access to solar light on the daily activities of women and children in the families.
In February 2018, a Women on Wings team visited the villages of Pilibhit to assess the impact of the lights that were distributed to the households. The response was very encouraging. Women and children were really benefitted: they stopped using kerosene lamps and are pleased that the solar lights don’t put any strain to their eyes and there is also no smoke in the house anymore. Moreover, they have started to save money as they no longer need to buy kerosene for their daily lighting needs.
Yue Cui, CSR Program Manager at Signify Foundation (Formerly known as Philips Lighting Foundation): “At Signify, we are very impressed by the thoroughness and structure of the survey performed by the Women on Wings team in villages where our solar lights were distributed. Lighting can be a key enabler for enhancing the quality of life in rural areas and this project has emphasized these advantages even more.”
Shilpa Mittal Singh, joint managing director at Women on Wings: “We worked together with the Ministry of Women and Child Development for distribution of solar light systems in about 800 rural households in Pilibhit District in the state of Uttar Pradesh. We are very proud that the program was a huge success and many more people want these solar lights. We are grateful for the support given to us by the Hon’ble Minister Maneka Gandhi”.
The solar lighting program was executed by Signify India and Women on Wings and was funded by Signify Foundation (Formerly known as Philips Lighting Foundation).