25% of the total population in India lacks access to electricity
A majority of this population that lacks access to electricity consists of low-income rural communities in India.
People still use kerosene for lighting purposes
Inspite of their benefits, solar lamps have not been successful in replacing kerosene lanterns
Mainly because of the following reasons:
current market scenario (price per piece)
Clearly, a lot of these solar lanterns are not affordable. However, many companies have been distributing thousands of solar lanterns to the rural communities through a humanitarian approach. But, this method of distribution is not sustainable.
Solar lamps are viewed by the rural illiterate as one-time use toys
The companies that give away solar lanterns for free do not realise that it is more important to educate the rural population about the benefits of using solar technology. Therefore, the families of rural illiterate population that receive these solar lanterns as part of some social initiative, treat them as freebies/ toys.
Therefore, solar lamps are not taken seriously.
Lack of awareness among the rural poor
High-level of illiteracy among the rural poor, make them overlook the benefits of using a renewable source of energy like the solar power. Therefore, they are reluctant to make an informed one-time initial investment in solar lanterns.
Make Glow is a low-cost solar lantern that attempts to educate people about the benefits of using solar technology by encouraging them to put together their very own solar lantern.