Abir, is a teenager, she left Syria at 13, and at 17 has lived most of her teenage years in Aqaba. She lives with her grandparents, mother and two other siblings. Being the oldest of her brother and sister, and the most able-bodied, it is up to Abir to take care of the family. She helps sell bread on the street when workers head home on a night, but has recently stopped after being told it is unsafe in the dark.
Abir shared various stories about how when she was growing up she would always dress as a baker, and that now she feels she must use her passion to help generate an income for her family. “The streets are normally very dark,” she tells us, “and sometimes you hear screams, I don’t want to sell bread with my friend in the dark anymore as it frightens me.” Abir used to make enough money for all of her family’s basic needs, and electricity, each month, but now she can’t even pay for the electricity. It has been a month since Abir sold any bread.
For Abir the solar lamps have allowed her to generate an income. Each night her safety is secured in the knowledge that she is not working without light, and can feel comfortable walking home after selling her bread. The DS300 solar lamp allows Abir to charge her mobile, so in the event of an emergency she can contact someone.