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UL, a global safety science leader, today announced it partnered with Watts of Love and the Acorn Foundation to distribute solar-powered lights manufactured by Watts of Love to communities in South Africa. Championed and spearheaded by UL, a team of UL employees from the company’s Johannesburg office, along with leadership and staff from Watts of Love and the Acorn Foundation, distributed the UL-certified lights directly to residents of Olievenhoutbosch Extension 24, located in Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa.
The solar-powered lights are intended to help eliminate dependency on dangerous and costly kerosene as a light source, improving the health and well-being of each recipient and their family. The lights were distributed in tandem with a financial literacy program that teaches how to convert the resulting kerosene savings into sustainable income.
“This one innovative tool, a solar-powered light source, can help protect children and adults from dangerous fires and toxic fumes, secure a safer and more prosperous home environment and elevate equity. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and indoor air pollution,” said Barbara Guthrie, vice president of Corporate Sustainability at UL.