Pehli Kiran

To this day, there are rural and poor communities around the world with no electric grid, which means no light after dark. Since 2003, this initiative has gifted over four thousand underprivileged families with solar-powered LED lighting, drastically improving their lives overnight.

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The Problem:

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.

The Solution:

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.

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Pehli Kiran “First Ray of Light”

Freedom from Disease

Freedom from Disease
Kerosene lanterns give off toxic and dangerous fumes; solar LED lanterns do not. LED lanterns also provide extra visibility, which helps against nighttime hazards.

Freedom from Hunger

Freedom from Hunger
More income means more money to better feed each member of the family; a daily concern for villagers.

Freedom from Illiteracy

Freedom from Illiteracy
More hours of light means more hours for children to study and get a better education, which is crucial to improving their social‐economic future.

Freedom from Poverty

Freedom from Poverty
With solar LED lanterns, the villagers no longer have to pay for expensive kerosene lanterns. Also, with more hours of light, the men and women have additional hours to work, which means more income for each household.

Freedom from Darkness

Freedom from Darkness
The sunlight fades as early as 6 p.m, leaving the villagers in complete darkness. With solar lantern lighting, they have about an additional five hours of light to add to each day.

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.

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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.

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