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    Helping one salon in Oruchinga get access to light

    Day 136

    Powering Up

    Changemakers 365 is all about doing the doable. It’s about opening our eyes to the opportunities to make an impact in a person’s life with relatively few resources – and making change each and every day of the year.

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    No matter what kind of services you seek out at a salon, no matter how talented your stylist is, chances are they’ll need access to electricity. From blow dryers to flat irons to shavers and just simply the light overhead, getting primped requires power.

    The ladies of a salon cooperative in Oruchinga didn’t have access to electricity at all. So they were pretty limited in the services they could offer – especially for men.

    To really increase profits and offer all kinds of services, they want to be able to cut the other half’s hair, too. So for Day 136, we’re making it happen.

    We installed solar panels on the newly renovated roof. And voila, there was light!

    “We can start to offer shaving!” said Jennifer, the leader of the group. “This is also about security. Now, we can work late into the evening.”

    With expanded services and hours, Jennifer expects they’ll be able to save quite a bit more than they were able to before.

    “Everyone in the community, not just refugees, can come here now,” she said. “It’s good for people to see what we’re doing here. And for young people to stay busy working and saving.”

    We couldn’t agree more! It’s amazing what a little light can do.

    Changemakers 365

    by American Refugee Committee


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