Khayelitsha Solar Lighting

In early 2022 PEP was introduced to a solar lighting project in PJS informal settlement, Khayelitsha. Managed by two PHD students a people-centred development process had been undertaken to fit each shack with a solar light thus improving visibility and safety for residents. The community have responded very positively to the intervention and a marked impact has been made on the ground. The project methodology and principles align very closely with PEP’s strategic direction – people-centred projects driving change. Given these circumstances, PEP approached the project with the hope of piloting solar lighting in one of 4 new settlements nearby to PJS (with whom PEP has newly established a relationship). Discussions are ongoing but the response has been positive, and PEP is currently relationship building with the community and gathering information to lay the groundwork for the project.