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Switching from candles to solar energy for lighting: A gender perspective

Incentives for women and men to switch to electric sources of lighting in Myanmar

2018 Available in English

Cover image of a  burning candle

Cover image of a burning candle

According to the latest census, 26% of households in rural areas of Myanmar relied on candles for lighting in 2014. Candles are an expensive and often dangerous source of lighting. Switching from candles to solar energy systems for lighting can provide a safer, higher quality and a cheaper source of lighting.

This briefing paper explores the economics of candle use in rural areas and the non-economic incentives for women and men to switch to electric sources of lighting such as solar energy. It is based on primary research conducted in rural Chin State in Myanmar.

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