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d.light Secures $3.4 Million to Provide Solar Home Systems to Refugees in Uganda

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d.light, a company providing essential household products and financing to low-income communities, has announced a project to equip Ugandan refugee camps with solar home systems.

This initiative aims to improve living conditions for refugees and boost economic opportunities.

d.light will provide 10,000 subsidized solar home systems to refugees from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other countries residing in Northern and Western Uganda.

This forms part of a larger effort to distribute 23,000 systems across refugee settlements.

The project is funded by a $3.4 million grant from the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and Energising Development (EnDev), an international program backed by the German, Dutch, Norwegian, and Swiss governments.

“This grant allows us to expand our work and significantly improve the lives of refugees in Uganda,” said Douglas Gavala, d.light’s Managing Director for Uganda.

“The solar systems provide affordable, reliable lighting and phone charging, promoting safety, education, and economic activity.”

The 12-month project utilizes results-based financing, ensuring d.light receives payment only upon successful installation.

Each system includes energy-efficient LED lights, an FM radio with MP3 playback, mobile phone charging capabilities, and a portable solar flashlight.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Africa possesses 60% of the world’s best solar resources, yet its solar power capacity remains low.

This project builds on d.light’s commitment to empowering low-income communities.

Their Pay-Go financing model, recently bolstered by a $7.4 million investment, provides affordable solar products to those who need them most.

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