Throughout 2022, we will be looking into 200 people’s eyes and repeatedly interviewing them about the power Luke Lights bring—beyond solar. The power to alleviate poverty, to educate, to bring joy. We will visit their humble abodes, in remote villages and in city slums. To ask questions, collect stories. Listen and learn.
We have heard stories of walking to outdoor latrines at night being so dangerous some just have to pee (or more) next to their house. Of how much easier it will be to find the eggs chicken lay and hide. We laughed alongside a giggling teenager admitting she could use her light to meet her boyfriend after getting her chores done. One woman told us she will be able to avoid poisonous snakes when gathering wood because she can shine her light into sticks she picks up. A man told us he’ll be able to whittle wooden spoons at night to sell. Moms will find it easier to clean babies. Families and friends will be able to congregate and chat a little longer.
We will know a lot more when our field researcher Ailin returns to talk to them all again in 3 months. And again in 6 months. And again when the year is done.
We will see how the lights themselves are holding up. And how lives are changed. And then we’ll be able to share those stories with you.
To spread more light.
This post has been written by Gisela Voss, Unite to Light Board Member and Luke's mom. Gisela, along with volunteer Erika Braun, designed the research tools, and traveled to Honduras to kick off the distribution and research project. We are grateful for all the work they do to share Luke's Light(s) and light the world.
These individuals are part of the research project and will be interviewed four times this year so that we may learn how they are using their Luke Lights, the impact of having a light and what can be improved. The signs they are holding identify their region, name, participant number and light number. This will allow us to track their feedback throughout the year.