Ufone Telecom & Buksh Foundation Joins Hands for Lighting a Million Lives campaign
Islamabad (Press Release / Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014) – Pakistan unique Telecom mobile company Ufone (Etisalat Group) has collaborated with Buksh Foundation, a microfinance organisation, to bring convenience through electricity by becoming a part of the latter’s ‘Lighting a Million Lives’ campaign.
The pilot project has been initiated in two villages in Chiniot and through this campaign Ufone intends to facilitate the access and use of solar lighting devices among Pakistan’s rural communities as part of its CSR programme.
A Solar Charging Station with five solar panels and five junction boxes has been set up in two villages, Thata Deva and Kalas. Lanterns have been distributed within households and these may be recharged through these solar panels. This initiative will remove the need for kerosene oil lamps and therefore, reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere in the long run.
It also aims to empower women as these stations will be run by selected women from the two villages, where they will be in charge of renting out and selling equipment at the charging stations. Considering that about 43pc (80 million people) of the total population of Pakistan lives without access to electricity, this will really illuminate the lives and homes of many village residents.