The Rwandan pilot continues to proceed very smoothly. Participants are providing helpful feedback on the two solar lanterns/cell phone chargers being tested. It may turn out that we will customize a lantern based upon the suggestions we receive.
In Patagonia, it continues to be a challenge to import the lanterns into the country. Once we receive them, the pilot in Patagonia runs very well. We’re collecting data in a very different type of situation, with most of the herders on the move between their summer and winter grazing grounds. No community meetings for instructions on use and maintenance here! One at a time distribution and education – more taxing for our Wildlife Conservation Society partners, but appreciated just as much by our pilot participants.
Final reports due next month!