Lights in Mali
Recently the Dogon Women Initiative started introducing the first WakaWaka Lights to the woman of the Dogon people in Mali.
The targeted rural households make up the poorest group in an area that is very dry, in a country that is among the poorest in the world and in a region where the sun sets at six p.m. the whole year around. Providing these women with bright, safe, solar light increases school grades for the kids as well as income generating capacity for the mothers. A single WakaWaka Light provides light for families often consisting of ten people and being able to hold meetings after dark enables these women to form organizations and empower themselves. It is another example of WakaWaka’s ongoing mission to eliminate energy poverty and light up the lives of the 1.5 billion people around the world, who are living without electricity.
The Dogon Women Initiave stimulates and helps women in this region in Mali to enhance their quality of life together with that of their families. They offer them the opportunity to use micro finance for example to start a business, create new products or grow crops.