I normally do not promote non-profits. However, Jezuba is a worthy charity that I am associated with.
They help people in developed countries get solar lighting. Donors will help a charity to get solar lighting to people who now use kerosene. Donors will also get unique handmade craft gift items.
Go to this link to donate to Jezuba. It is a worthy cause that helps get solar lighting and you get a unique item.
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Kerosene is a dangerous chemical that provides poor light. Solar lights can last longer and avoid unhealthy indoor air pollution. Millions of children every year get severely burned by kerosene because they just tip over the lamp and it keeps burning.
Do Good for the World and Get a Mother’s Day Gift
Jezuba means “thank you” in Burmese. The goal of Jezuba- a non-profit charity is simple. They buy crafts at a fair price from artisans in underserved communities such as Myanmar, and they recruit young volunteers to help market and resell these goods in the United States via ecommerce. Young volunteers will learn to utilize innovative tools and entrepreneurial thinking to market and resell these artisan goods acquired at fair prices.
Solar Lights – Transform Lives
Here is how solar lanterns have impacted the lives of poor people in Africa.
With a solar lantern, people can:
1. Read at night.
2. Walk Home Safely After Dark. Nobody likes to walk along an unlit path. People are vulnerable to physical attacks, or can get hit by cars. Solar lanterns increase personal safety by making users more aware of their surroundings and makes others more aware of them.
3. Keep Predators Away from Livestock. Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, many ranchers and farmers have found that hanging solar lanterns from fence posts will keep predators away, protecting their livelihood by minimizing loss. One study found that 63% of households reported reduced loss of livestock to wild animals as a result of using solar lanterns on their corrals, saving on average $100 per household per year.
4. Go to the Toilet in the Middle of the Night. Try going to the bathroom in the dark. Or worse, go ahead and fiddle around for some matches to light your kerosene lantern when you wake up from a deep sleep because nature calls.
5. Fix my Bicycle, Motorcycle or Car When It Breaks Down At Night. If you’re on the road and your vehicle breaks down, the last thing you want to worry about is finding a kerosene lamp and a match. And of course, not everybody has a smartphone that can be used to “swipe up” and create an instant flashlight.
6. Go Fishing. Many fishermen in Lake Victoria on Uganda who earn their livelihood from fishing at night now take solar lanterns with them instead of using kerosene — saving money and increasing their safety.
7. Play with Friends at Night. Children love talking and playing around a safe, solar lantern into the wee hours of the night, without the harmful fumes or danger from kerosene — and nobody risks getting burned.
8. Charge Mobile Phone. Most solar lanterns now come with a USB port that allows you to charge a mobile phone and other devices. More phone use means more access to internet and mobile money, and a greater sense of connection to the world.
9. Play Music. What? Play music with a lantern? Some of the newest solar lantern models come with USB ports and a built-in speaker so that people can listen to their favorite tunes.
10. Stop Spending Money on Kerosene. Many governments spend millions of dollars on kerosene subsidies so people in rural areas can have a very dangerous and unhealthy flicker of light at night. Even with the subsidy, people are spending up to $.50/day on kerosene
Inspiration from Buzbbeauty
Lindy Tsang (better known as Bubzbeauty) has influenced people across the world with her kindness and wisdom. Since launching her Youtube platform in 2009, she’s taken her viewers on her journey of young adulthood to now motherhood. Many people recognize her as a popular Youtuber in the makeup and fashion community, but she’s also well known for her commitment to social impact. Lindy digs deep into true beauty, emphasizing that it comes from a kind and compassionate heart.
This recurring concept of true beauty appears in her book, A Beautiful Mind, A Beautiful Life: The Bubz Guide to Being Unstoppable. It was through reading this book that fans like myself were able to delve into the reality of her life and hardships she had overcome. Each time she talked about the lessons she learned and gave heartfelt advice for those who may be going through a tough time.
There were many takeaways, but the one that stuck out to me the most are these words:
“The more you give, the more you receive. When you are able to step outside of yourself to help others, that will give you the most meaning. True fulfillment comes from being part of something that’s bigger than yourself.”
These magical words resonated with me and aligns with what we at Jezuba wish to accomplish. We’re an organization dedicated to not only making a social and economical impact, but also to empowering young individuals to give back to their community. Jezuba is raising funds to help mercy villages in Burma, similar to how Bubzbeauty launched multiple campaigns to raise funds for Pencils of Promise.
SOURCES – Jezuba, Power Africa
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The photovoltaics and battery combination are good for recharging cell phones and other portable devices, though, and cell phones have become the chief mode of communications in 2nd and 3rd world countries, because of the reduced infrastructure compared to land lines, and their versatility.
I’ve been impressed with the cell phones in the Philippines: Not locked, easily switched between providers, also receive radio and TV, have extendable antennas for better reception, and a system is in place for trading prepaid minutes that has become an informal second currency.
It really underscores how pathologically the phone system has evolved in the US, due to path dependence, crony capitalism, and enough wealth to tolerate rampant inefficiencies.
Story has been revised. Extensively.
I’ve purchased these for relations in the Philippines, they’ve proven quite popular:
I have a LED flashlight that rather than a battery has a magnet in a coil & a capacitor. The capacitor is charged to light up the LED by shaking the flashlight. I keep it in my car for any situations where I need light at night. For a lot of the situations mentioned in the article something similar would be better than photovoltaics & a battery.
For you first world types out there, don’t confuse a kerosene lantern using a wick, to a “Coleman” lantern that uses a Thorium infused mantle, a heated vaporizer tube, and fuel in a pressurized tank.
Coleman lanterns provide great, white, very bright light, burn cleanly, and use little fuel relative to the light they emit. In them, vaporized fuel mixes well with air, and combusts with a flame that emits very little light. Light is emitted by a “mantle” of Thorium dioxide, which emits more light than other oxides Conventional kerosene, or “hurricane” lamps use a wick, create little light for the input, and are sooty.
While it’s not a consideration for most of Africa, a well maintained mantle type lantern burning fuel such as gasoline, LPG, or k1 kerosene is cost effective way to create light, and space heat. In effect, you cogenerate your lighting. The mantle makes lots of white light, little soot, and warms the room. It would be possible to use thermoelectric generation to charge batteries.
A mantle lantern needs little maintenance. You have to fill it, pump it up, replace the mantle if the lamp hard is jostled enough to break it, and keep the vaporizer tube clean. After years of use, rubber seals in the pump might need to be replaced.
You can tell when it’s time to clean the vaporizing tube of your lantern by it’s smell. If you can smell the fuel, it’s time to clean the tube. The mantle lasts indefinitely, and is easily replaced if broken.
Lotsa talk about using them, but zero talk about charging them. Judging from the photo, there’s no PV on the “solar lantern”, so isn’t it just a rechargeable lantern?
I’d say the way to get these into people’s hands is to make the lifetime cost savings vs kerosene obvious by keeping the price low, making the design modular, and making it easy to replace the most likely to fail component, the battery. The owner should find it easy to make two broken lanterns into one working lantern, with some good parts left over.
Assuming the lifetime cost of ownership is much lower than a kerosene lamp, this seems like the perfect target for microfinance schemes. I’d think a lantern, and a panel to charge it could have a monthly payment of much less than a month’s worth of kerosene, matches, and wicks.
This story didn’t mention solar lighting once.
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