In Mozambique, widows and single abandoned mothers make up a high percentage of the population. They have few opportunities to make money, and most have multiple children to take care of.
“Near the base, it was mamas and the elderly, John said. “In the bush it was tribal leaders, mamas, elderly or families in need. This trip was unusual because about 75-80% of our solar light recipients were women.”
Now this mama has a light to not only help her keep her child safe at night but also help her earn an income by extending the time she has available to work.
In addition to providing light and charging capabilities, the Watts of Love solar lanterns also provide the joy of sound. Many recipients have never heard a radio broadcast before, much less listened to music or an audiobook.
“We don’t just give them the lights and leave. We get to know them, and it gets very emotional,” John said. “We give them love, tell them they’re worthy and bring people up.”
The Watts of Love team is surrounded by joy and a group of the mamas who received WOL solar lights.