Stichting Samay


Solar lamps / panels:
Solar lamps consist of a small solar panel, a rechargeable battery and a LED lamp.
Samay Foundation introduces these solar lamps in isolated regions of Bolivia where there is no electricity available. The standard kerosene lamps that were used there are bad for the airways, they give little light and for the purchase of kerosene must be paid. In addition to an improved light output, the advantage of solar lamps is that mobile phones and a few types of batteries can also be recharged. They are also used as flashlights at night. Users save the recurring costs for kerosene.
However, they pay a percentage (50%) for the purchase costs of the solar lamps. With this share we buy a second batch of solar lamps.
We use the (Dutch) Wakawaka and Pico Phocos lamps.

Solar panels (Solar Home Systems) are the larger systems that we sometimes use in bigger schools. Samay Foundation has purchased 12 solar panels or replaced parts of it.

Especially between 2011 and 2015, we have distributed many solar lamps, namely about 3,000. At the same time, however, the energy network in Bolivia has expanded considerably and solar lamps are now also common in the normal market. That is why we have now reduced the spread of solar lamps.

This project contributes to the prevention of CO2 emissions.

Project locations:
In the search for the project locations, the focus is on the highlands, but we also reach isolated areas in the lowlands. Our lamps are now distributed in all departments. Typical places are Sacaca (North Potosi), Tapacari and the Tipnis.
The Tipnis are in the Amazon and can only be reached via the river. The indigenous communities do not have a money economy. That is why we exchanged the solar lamps here for a total of 800 kilos of cocoa.

Solar lamps