The Daylight Project works to improve day to day living conditions in informal settlements through the use of a basic solar technology. By partnering with local organizations and community groups, the project trains community members on the construction and installation of 'plastic lights'. The lights are made from water bottles, bleach, silicone and a small piece of corrugated metal. All of the materials can be sourced at an affordable cost within the community.
Informal settlement structures are predominantly dark at all times of the day as they are constructed to maximize privacy in congested areas, reduce infestation of pests and fortify against security threats. As a result, little if any natural light is able to penetrate the structure. The projects aims to immediately improve living conditions, reduce the cost of electricity use during the day and harness local innovation.
The Daylight Project also runs the ‘Community Innovation Network’. Meetings are held on a rotating basis across the city and ‘innovators’ are invited to present to a given community, opening a space for discussion and dissemination of best practices. It aims to overcome the localisation of innovation occurring in informal settlements in Kampala.