Purchase 15,000 solar powered lanterns to distribute to women salt farmers in Gujarat, India

The Salt Farmer Solar Lantern Campaign (saltLantern) grows out of GFI's Green Economy for the Poor Initiative which is focused on helping bring the economic benefits of "green" innovation and "green" industry into the hands of the world's working poor. For over a year GFI has been collaborating with India's Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) on a program to introduce renewable energy technology to a group of 30,000 women Salt Farmers in the arid desert of the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) in Gujarat, India. The primary goal of the Salt Farmer program has been to deploy energy innovations to lower input costs for one of the most marginalized working communities on earth. The underlying goal is to help poor workers gain access to the economic tools and technologies too often reserved for wealthy nations and communities.

Who: 15,000 salt farming families led by the women of SEWA
What: Distribute solar lanterns to replace costly and polluting kerosene.
Where: India's northern state of Gujarat, the salt flats of the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK)
Why: Give poor workers access to "green" technology to lower input costs and raise incomes
Cost: $40 per lantern x 15,000 lanterns = $600,000 (one time cost)
Benefit: $750,000-$1.2 million savings per year + 1,218,750 reinvested (over five years)

1. http://www.globalfairness.org/GFI/saltlantern.html