Christmas Hope for Sitima families with love from N4BW
N4BW has now provided Solar Powered lights and phone charging kits to 50 homes in the Sitima Area. These kits were priced beyond the reach of the people in Sitima who have no effective other source of light and therefore go to bed when it gets dark and this being the tropics, that is shortly after 6 o'clock!
N4BW has produced a finance scheme where people rent a unit for 51 weeks and then purchase with a final payment. Damian Wynne who has established the scheme said “We surveyed people in the villages to ascertain how much they could afford to pay per week for one of these lights. We then came up with a scheme to meet a reasonable budget. I had to write a legal agreement, have it agreed by the police, negotiate with suppliers and then select agents to work for us in, vetting the applicants, delivering the lights and making the weekly collections. Long experience in Banking and Business has paid off in getting this off the ground" "I was approached by a lady this morning so full of thanks that she has one of the lights. She jokingly said that the only trouble is that she is now staying up too late and is sleeping in in the morning. She used to be in bed by 7 and is now up till 9 but now told me that her Grand Children who live with her are now able to spend time in reading and doing their homework.
N4BW are providing a small subsidy on each kit and has funded the initial purchases but this scheme has established the principle of people being helped but also of them contributing. This means that they will value and look after what they have much more than if they simply receive a gift.
The weekly income which is being generated is paying the two agents who are working on the scheme and will purchase further lights for sale so that the scheme can help more people.
Damian said “this may sound like a small thing but it is a life changing thing to have light or the first time. If you don't think so, just try living without electricity for a day and experience how much your life shrinks"
Ed: We are very proud of the work Damian has done applying his skills from his career in banking to a major challenge in the developing world - and hopefully a sustainable solution that doesnt encourage dependency but which year on year boosts the lives of everyone in the village. He has also done sterling work in the High School teaching and researching a number of potential projects for N4BW
Thanks also to all the players of our 59club bonus ball game who have funded this project.
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