Zong,brand of China Mobile in collaboration with the Buksh Foundation, a micro finance organisation has launched a project called ‘Lighting a Million Lives’ to light up rural area.The project is aimed at installation of the solar-powered lighting in two villages as a start of the long term partnership.
The initiative by Zong is a part of the project named TERI project that aims to provision of lightning to around billion people worldwide through solar power.
Zong under the partnership, will sponsor to establish Solar Charging Stations at selected villages in the district Chiniot and providing solar lanterns that would be used by the villagers,that can be directly charged at the solar charging stations.
The project is unique and first of its kind in Pakistan and the credit goes to Zong a telecom company in history of country first time investing in a clean energy project.The project by Zong will definitely provide the much needed lighting to all those living in the rural areas in depth of darkness.
On the other hand project will also contribute to improvement in the areas of education and health standards.The analysis has been drawn from on going projects in different countries. The use of solar lanterns,for about 10 years will require 500 to 600 liters of kerosene thus eliminating about 1.5 tons of carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
About 43 per cent or 80 million people of the total population across Pakistan lives without basic need that is electricity.
The project will also bring many socio economic benefits. Solar charging stations will be operated by Village women thus promoting women empowerment. From each village 2 female micro entrepreneurs will be selected to run these charging stations. They will have the option to rent out the solar lanterns that are charged to fellow villagers daily evening at an affordable fee or will also have the choice to sell these lanterns to individual households as per their needs.