Ann Kihengu

Laureate 2010

Ann Kihengu

TANZANIA
Prian
ENVIRONMENT
SOCIAL CARE
Prian distributes affordable solar-powered lamps and mobile phone chargers in rural Tanzania, through a program to encourage young entrepreneurs.

In Tanzania, a mere 11% of the population has access to electricity and the most widespread solution for lighting is kerosene lamps, which are hazardous, smoky, and costly in fuel. Children who study by them frequently develop poor eyesight and respiratory problems from the smoke. Worse still, in 2009, a fire sparked by a kerosene lamp in Idodi Secondary School caused the death of 12 young girls. Yet the lamps persist and 92% of the population spends an astonishing 30% or more of their income on kerosene.

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