Alternative Energy

In June of 2009, CHF initiated a project with ESAF and Thrive. Thrive is an acclaimed non-profit organization that provides low cost solar lighting technology. This new initiative is aimed at providing renewable energy solutions by introducing solar powered lanterns to slum communities and street vendors that do not have access to electricity from the city’s power grid. These lanterns have enabled street vendors to increase their income by allowing them to operate after sunset and eliminating their regular expenses on non-renewable fuels. Similarly, these lighting solutions have enhanced the quality of life for slum residents after dark by providing an alternative to polluting, hazardous kerosene lanterns and eliminating their typical fuel expenses. ESAF has provided financing options for individuals and households. So far, 316 families have made use of this solar technology, and 20 Beneficiary Groups are making weekly collections as needed.