Slideshow - Lighting revolution in Sierra Leone

  • Sierra Leone is unable to provide adequate electricity to its citizens.

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  • A fisherman in John Obey village, which has no grid electricity despite being just an hour from the capital.

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  • In the capital Freetown, once known as “the darkest city in the world”, power cuts are common.

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  • Mariama relies on a plastic light in a neighbouring shop to run her street-food business in Freetown.

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  • People wanting to charge their mobile phones pay 1,000 leones (23 US cents) to the lucky few who own generators…

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  • which often break down.

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  • Aminatta uses an Indigo pay-as-you-go solar powered light to run her shop in Tombo village.

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  • This home in Tombo also uses such lights.

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  • They can be on for up to eight hours a day, and help reduce electricity bills.

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  • Sierra Leone is increasingly looking to solar to generate electricity.

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Lighting revolution in Sierra Leone

May 2014 - Freetown. In the face of inadequate provision of power by the Sierra Leonean government, companies are stepping in to provide solar electricity systems that ordinary Sierra Leoneans can afford.
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