Making Solar Lamps of Recycled Plastic Bottles
ICCO works on youth entrepreneurship in Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf, in southern Bangladesh. Here, the communities have been confronted with an unprecedented influx of Rohingya refugees since 2017. This puts a heavy burden on the host community which is already characterized by poverty. Youth from the host community now received training in the production of solar lamps
After generations of statelessness and marginalization in Rakhine State in Myanmar, extreme violence forcibly displaced an estimated 706,000 people across the border in August 2017. The people of Bangladesh, one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world, have been very welcoming towards the Rohingya, but the influx of refugees puts a heavy burden on the host community.
Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf are economically disadvantaged districts and the influx has exacerbated existing vulnerabilities and put enormous pressure on already scarce resources, the labor market and food prices. Hence, ICCO supports both the Rohingya refugees but also the host community, for whom a lot has changed in their environment.
Solar Lamps for Employability and Safety
One of the things ICCO’s project does is train local youth to make solar lamps using recycled plastic bottles. This is an innovative way of using garbage to transform into something sustainable.
What’s more, there is also a market for these solar lamps. In the refugee camps where the Rohingya stay there is ample access to electricity. Hence, youth can sell these solar lamps to an affordable price to Rohingya. The solar lamps can be an efficient source of lighting which increases the safety within the camps.
The youth also receive training in business development, increasing their entrepreneurial skills.
About the project
This training is part of the project ‘Livelihood and Enterprise Promotion for the Host Community’ in Teknaf. German Cooperation and GIZ funds this project and Liter of Light provides technical assistance.