In July, we introduced a project with Minna and Mari from Mifuko, a Finnish basket company who works directly with women’s self help groups in rural villages and in small workshops in the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya. From July 15th to August 15th, every Little Sun Original sold in our web shop and every 20 euros spent in Mifuko’s online shop brought one solar-powered Little Sun Original to women of the Mifuko self-help group in Kenya. With your help, we were able to get 600 lamps to Kenya!
With the aid of Little Sun Original’s beaming light, the women’s group in Kenya have the chance to work on baskets and do household chores with more ease in the evenings. Alongside helping the women’s group with getting their work done, the lamps also provide a source of clean energy for their children by not exposing them to kerosene lamps while they’re trying to get school work done. We are so thrilled to actively work towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being) and SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) for this project.
Alongside getting the lamps to Kenya, the first pilot of the Mifuko Ecological Sanitation Project was also launched! Here’s an excerpt from Mifuko’s blog post about the construction:
“The construction of the entire latrine building lasted around two weeks and required the shared effort of the entire planning and construction team (the children of the family were also very eager to participate and of great help). The preparation of construction materials began with the filling of the hundreds of recycled plastic bottles with sand, in which the local women’s group also participated. Jane Mutala’s family, on whose plot the first latrine was constructed, also prepared and burned the bricks for the latrine walls.
To read more about the project and Mifuko’s mission, feel free to check out Mifuko’s website for “work of hands and hearts.”
Did you know that for every Little Sun product you purchase, you are not only getting a premium solar product for yourself, but you also make the same product available to someone without access to electricity at a locally affordable price?