Low-Cost Solar Brightens Lives in the Developing World

Cheap, small-scale solar energy devices are helping to raise living standards throughout the world.

The family's father wanted the lights in his office, bedroom, and main room. But his wife successfully argued instead for  a light in the room where she cooked dinner, a light outside for security, and a light for her chicken coop. After all, chickens lay more eggs when they have more light.

Lucey recalls being struck by how something as simple as light could profoundly change a family's life. Indeed, after solar-powered lighting was installed, the family prospered by selling more eggs and, over time, they bought a cow, a goat, and a pig. The woman even started a school and women's literacy club.

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