Dale Una Luz – Give a Light

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The LEDs in Nicaragua

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You can follow the development of Patrick’s solar LED in previous posts; my story takes them to the people in Nicaragua!I’m Zach, a senior at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and I’m spending the summer in rural Nicaragua, testing the solar LEDs in homes with no electricity and often no light at all.I have several goals, the most important of which is to bring light to poor, rural families. Additionally, I will test the economic validity of the LEDs as a means for altering incentives for investment in human capital.In other words, if families get use of the LEDs conditional on ensuring that their kids attend school 85% of the time, will the lights end up changing behavior? How will they work compared to cash, an already proven mechanism?I just got to Nicaragua and I’ve been in Managua since I got here. Over the next few weeks I will be making my way up north to the rural communities. Stay posted for developments!