United Nations has called on
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civil society to achieve Sustainable
Energy for All by 2030
“Now I feel like a human being”: Impact assessment of Sirona Cares’ SunBlazer systems in Haiti
August 20, 2014
Titled “Socio-economic impacts of solar electricity in rural Haiti“, the study co-authored by Laura Harrington and Amanda Larson of George Mason University’s Graduate School of Anthropology and Sociology, concludes that the success of Sirona Cares in Haiti affirms the economic viability of decentralized energy systems among low income communities.
Surprisingly modest amounts of electricity, the study finds, can bring great benefits to the everyday life of Haitians. Even enough electricity to power just two LED light bulbs and a flash light and a USB port to charge a cell phone fostered entrepreneurial growth and increased productivity. Villagers affirmed that clean lighting has made their lives healthier, increased opportunities for education by giving extended hours for study in the evenings, and improved well-being through greater opportunities for leisure.