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Rural villagers are using tiny Chinese-made solar panels perched atop their homes to produce solar energy that lights their huts and provides small-scale electrical independence. As solar energy lights African huts, it also changes lives.
Because kerosene lamps can be abandoned, the risks of burns and harm to respiratory health are reduced. Students are able to study in the evenings, so their grades improve. Families save money on kerosene and are able to stay better connected with others because they can charge their cell phones. An added bonus is that this solar energy lights African huts without the need for an electrical grid.