About 50% of Guatemalan children will experience physical or developmental issues due to malnutrition.
In some communities, this will stunt roughly 8 out of 10 children for life.
La Nueva Providencia, Guatemala is a new village that exists on the site of a former coffee finca (farm) that was abandoned 12 years ago at which time many of the Maya indigenous workers remained on site. The San Lucas Toliman Mission bought the finca property and in turn handed it over to the former employees and current residents of the land.
The demand for light in homes is everywhere in the village and affects all gender and age groups because lights can: decrease the use of kerosene for better health; provide safety and security; give light for children to study at night; increase household income by allowing parents to produce products to sell at the market; and improve community social structure.
The ‘Mighty Light’ is a solar powered LED light that can last up to 30 years (on 8hrs daily use) and designed to help decrease a family’s dependency on kerosene, candles and wood to provide indoor lighting. Due to the growing energy crises worldwide, we learned that the “Mighty Light” is the best solution to provide light in a home.