In remote communities that are not connected to the national grid, solar panels are a practical way of getting access to electricity.
For most of her life Dina Leiba got up in the dark, and went to bed in the dark. If she needed to get up to look after a sick child, she reached for a torch – if she had money for batteries. To charge her phone, she had to walk to a village with electricity, pay for the privilege, and walk home again.
Today she got up before dawn, turned on her solar lights and fired up her woodstove to bake bread to sell to her neighbours. It’s just three months since she got her solar panel, and life has changed in more ways than she could have imagined.