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India alone has around 450 million people who lack access to electricity. For one in two households in rural India, living in darkness is a way of life. Often, a kerosene lamp is the only source of light in the household.
Noxious fumes from burning firewood and stoves claim a life every 20 seconds as a result of early childhood pneumonia, emphysema, cataracts, lung cancer, bronchitis which claim more lives than malaria or tuberculosis.
Thousands of households face reduced indoor air pollution, and reduced risk of developing respiratory infections when alternate energy sources are used. At least 9% of households using firewood and kerosene lamps are at risk of burn injuries. Through alternate energy sources, there are fewer fire hazards at home, which means reduced risk of injuries and deaths.
Presence of alternate, renewable sources of light such as solar lamps at home results in increased productivity overall. It increases the time available for studies by an extra 4-6 hours, resulting better pass percentages and reduced drop-out numbers. Money spent on kerosene and time otherwise wasted in collecting fuel can be invested in work, education and health care.
Solar lamps and biogas powered stoves can save consumption of nearly 2 billion litres of kerosene. This means a reduction of 9 billion tonnes of CO2 produced. Along with fewer trees cut down for use as firewood, the combined impact is reduced carbon footprint and a cleaner, greener environment.