News 2010

Sunlabob-Khiri partnership brings light to remote villages in Laos

Sunlabob has collaborated with Khiri Reach, a not-for-profit division of the Khiri Travel Group that supports sustainable non-profit projects in Asia, to bring solar systems to remote villages in Laos. The "Lights to the Community" project aims to install solar powered lights in Laos' remote villages that are off the national grid and do not have access to electricity.

The Khiri-Sunlabob partnership is rather unique. Khiri collects donations from their customers (tourists in the region) and use the donations for sustainable projects in the region. Sunlabob then supplies its technical know-how and builds solar systems on behalf of Khiri, before transferring ownership of the systems to the villages. Maintenance costs are collected as donations from Khiri’s clients through the same system.

Many benefits arise from lighting up villages. Villages need light at communal places such as water wells, medical health centres (which need refrigerators to store medicine) and community houses. These places are used by most people of the village at regular intervals.

In June 2010, Khiri Reach proceeded with the project and Sunlabob installed a solar lighting system in Ban Nakoun village, Borikhamxay Province. The solar system will benefit 95 families in the village, where it will be used for activities such as farming and weaving.

For more information about the “Lights to the Community” project, please check out the Khiri Reach website.