WOMEN are taking advantage of the popularity of a solar lamp to earn some money in rural Jiwaka and Enga.
The director of operations for PNG Tribal Foundation, Ruth Kissam, said non-governmental organisation was working with women who owned small businesses in villages to sell the lamps on a 50-50 basis, with 50 per cent of the sales going to the foundation and the other half to the seller.
“We look for other creative outlets for Luci Light sales or distribution,” Kissam said.
“Our policy is to focus resources on the source of challenges rather than treating symptoms. Our number one priority is investing in people because we believe that is the best way to build a nation.”
The lamps are “small solar-powered lights that can be used in homes where there is no light or electricity”.
The foundation’s Luci Lights coordinator, Marty Benny, said the project was part of their senisim pasin (change your behaviour) campaign aimed at empowering women economically.
He said the project started in January with individuals but the foundation was now using women groups. More than 2000 lamps had been sold.
“The lights are easy to purchase, easy to use, durable and last up to 24 hours per charge indoors or outdoors,” he said.