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    Three reasons we love solar lighting

    Our d.light solar lights have been in villages in the Ayeyarwady Delta for nearly two months now and we've been been getting some really interesting feedback from users. Here are three of of our favourite stories:

    The mid-wife

    Imagine giving birth to your first child in pitch darkness, or just by the light of a candle flickering in and out in the breeze. Thankfully, for expectant mothers in Shwebo Su village this will no longer be their reality because there's a new light in town. Midwife and nurse, Daw Tin Tin Mya, purchased an S250 in early June, and has since successfully delivered three babies by the light of it. She has also been able to visit sick patients at night much easier recently and they are comforted by the strong light she brings with her.

    The future doctor

    Lei Lei Su is a 12 year old student with big dreams. This little girl from Mi Chaung Aing village wants to be a doctor, but before getting her S10 solar light this was just a pipe dream. Coming home from school she would help her mother with chores and farm work and come nightfall she would try to study by candle light, only to be aggravated by mosquito bites and strong winds that would blow out the light. Now, with the S10 she can work inside the mosquito net without risk of fire, and no matter what the weather is doing, the light won't go out.

    The survivor

    Daw Aye Aye Myint's 12-year-old son is one lucky boy. Every night he works until dark fall in his family’s betel fields. Before, he used to walk back in the darkness, blind to the dangers that surround his feet. Since purchasing the S1 solar lantern he has been using that to light his way home and it's helped him out in more ways than expected. One time, when walking home from the fields, the lantern's beam illuminated the body of a very rare, very poisonous snake on the path in front of the boy. Just in time, he leapt back out of the way before the snake could lunge at him. Terrified he ran home the other way, sure to hold the lantern out at full power ahead of him.


    THE UNIVERSE: Gravity Vs. Drudgery



    Drip irrigation is a game changer. When our farmers see it for the first time they are incredulous, and with fair reason. With drip installed on a plot about 4 acres in size, daily labour can be reduced from 6-9 hours of lugging water in sprinkler cans, to 30 minutes of treadling a pump, and 15 seconds spent turning on a tap. Crops are healthier, yields are bigger, less water is wasted, and farmers are happier. 

    A product so good, surely it should have been thought up sooner?

    Well, the truth is, it had been. The benefits of drip irrigation have been well documented and enjoyed for over 100 years in the Middle East, America and Europe.

    So, why didn't it reach Myanmar earlier?

    Well, drip is normally powered by a mechanised pump, something few rural families in Myanmar have the capital to buy. To make this life-changing technology accessible to our extremely price sensitive market we began looking for a cheaper alternative. And then it hit us...just like that apple fell out of the tree and hit Newton.

    Check out the video.       


    1000 Words: Gearing up for Thingyan

    Schools out, and the water festival is just round the corner. Kids across the country get creative with their hairstyles this time of year. On our travels we've encountered blue braids, pink mohawks and lots of shades in between. These guys, chilling outside their house in Kyan Bo village outside Nay Pyi Daw, told us they dye their hair every year to look "cool".