About Chilte

The village of Chilte is located in the northern highlands of Guatemala. The people of Chilte have lived their entire lives without access to electricity. They have been forced to illuminate their nights with a combination of candles and kerosene lamps and have had to travel many miles to the nearest town to pay someone to charge their cell phones. This all changed in January 2018 when Global BrightLight its partner Amigos de la Aldea distributed 100 solar lanterns to 100 families in Chilte. This project was made possible by Global BrightLight board member Jeanne Reisinger and the people who donated to her fundraiser.


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Voice of the Village

“My Name is Marta. Before we had solar lanterns, we illuminated our homes with candles or kerosene. Sometimes we would add a piece of cotton or yarn to create more light because the candles and kerosene lamps were too dim to light the entire house. The solar lanterns light up our entire home and don’t hurt our eyes like the candles or kerosene did.””


– Marta, Resident of Chilte

Project Scope

100 Families = 500 People


solar lanterns deployed

330 watts


100% of people

in Chilte now with light and cell phone charging


$10 Monthly Savings

per family on cell phone charging

$15 Monthly Savings

per family on candles, kerosene, and batteries

Lifetime savings per family


Lifetime savings total in Chilte



1,800 Hours = 75 days

additional study time per family

180,000 Hours = 7,500 days

total additional study time per year in Chilte

Health and Safety


Of Families

feel safer with solar lanterns


Of Families

report better air quality


8.8 Tonnes

of CO2 saved

A special thank you to Jeanne Reisinger and everyone who donated to her fundraiser!
Cynthia Piotter
Lois Fruhwirth
Beverly Ringel
Marcus LaiFook
Joan Graham
J Lohr
Elizabeth Radke
Peg Besse
Patricia O'Connor
Ralph Knauer
Janet Clifford Brown
Phil Goedde
Cabrina Attal
Linda Trenn
Tish Hevel
Bill & Marilyn Partridge
Noel Peberdy
Susie Goedde
Peg Eberle
Valerie & Dave Scholl
Mary Leonhardt
Bob & Jan Cunningham
Bill Peace
Julie Wilson
Charles Barr
Janie McCormick
Mary Lou Krohn
Matt Desch
Gilta Koop
Rita Armentrout
Debra Tracy
Amy Junker Pucke
James & Karen Knight
Linda Maidens
Maureen Greenberg
Gregory Ringel
Jill Sternard
Jan Shroy
Tara Steinmetz
James B. Burger
Evans Nwankwo
Kathleen Lyons
Laura Reckamp
Marylee Dunphy
Nicole Wheeler
Mary Ann Lavery
Jim & Jackie Clough
Terri Grove
Namrata Patel
Anne Koop
Mary Mahoney
Brenda Furiga
Michele Wolford
Luke Goedde
Becky & Bill Koop
Thomas Reisinger
Gregg Schwerdt
Michelle Chrzanowski
Birte Daun
Kent & Denise Lynde
Kathleen Koop
Susan Oswalt
Carol McIntosh
Bob Keehn
John Seitz
Linda B Collier
Justine Sydello
Max Reisinger
Jeffrey K. Whittle & Margaret A. Cotter
Terri Fusco
Brian Garston