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Cooperative members excited over installation of  solar panels at daily market

KOLE, June 6, 2024 – Market vendors at Bala Town Council daily market in Kole district under the umbrella of Bala Market Vendors’ Cooperative Society Limited are excited following the installation of solar panels at their daily market in Bala Town Council.

According to the cooperative’s members, the installation of solar panels at the market will provide light at night and boost their businesses as well as daily incomes.

The solar panels were installed by All in Trade Company in conjunction with BarefootLaw Uganda with funding from the Washington D.C.-based company Solar Electric Light Fund.

Judith Ojok a member of Bala Market Vendors’ Cooperative Society said the solar power has come at the right time, “The project is timely and it will not only provide security at the market but will also boost our sales and incomes because now we will work  up to 9:00pm,” she said, adding that they used to work up to 6:00pm due to lack of light in the market.

In the same vein, Monika Akite, the Chairperson Bala Market Vendors’ Cooperative Society hailed BareootLaw Uganda for providing free solar light to the Cooperative. “I want to appreciate bare foot law Uganda for the solar powered project. Bala Town Council is developing rapidly and with the coming of the solar project, business will boom,” she said.

On his part, Isaac Jonathan Otim, Director Legal Services at BarefootLaw Uganda said the availability of solar power will enable the smooth running of legal support services such as free virtual legal consultations with lawyers and lighting security among others.

BarefootLaw Uganda, a non-profit organisation was set up in 2013 by Gerald Abila, a lawyer to offer free legal support to the local population in Northern Uganda. Through the innovative use of digital technology, the organisation empowers people with free legal information so that they can use it to develop legal solutions for their justice needs. By  May 24,  2024, the organisation had supported nearly 4,855 people in the districts of Kole, Kwania and Dokolo.

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