After sundown, life in rural villages off the grid comes to a hault, because the only light they have is the minimal amount from toxic kerosene lanterns.
Gifting each family/household a solar-powered LED lantern gives them plentiful light after dark to continue work, education, and provide safety from nighttime hazards.
Pehli Kiran “First Ray of Light”
Freedom from Disease
Freedom from Hunger
Freedom from Illiteracy
Freedom from Poverty
Freedom from Darkness
Since 2003, the philanthropic initiative Pehli Kiran or “First Ray of Light” has continued to achieve founder Pervaiz Lodhie’s goal to bring the poorest people of Pakistan opportunities for socio‐economic development. The key element is the gifting and maintenance of solar LED lighting systems through the guidance and management of LEDtronics’ affiliated company, Shaan Technologies located in Karachi, Pakistan.
For the first 1,500 families/households, the solar-powered LED lanterns(approximately $2.33 each) have helped them save a total of about $10,000.00 immediately from switching to solar-charged light, and increase yearly income by an expected $454,000.00 with a total expected increase of over $2.2 million (based on a five-year or more life expectancy of the LEDs).
This initiative, although based on a Pakistan model, can easily reach beyond the borders of Pakistan and bring socio-economic opportunity to the poor in rural areas of the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Central America, etc. It can also go beyond simple solar‐charged LED lanterns to larger scale solar lighting systems utilizing the same principles that have been so successfully followed in these projects.