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Chani’s Opening Night in Pictures

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The solar center in Chani on opening night. Even the sheep were excited!

On Wednesday April 23rd, 2014, the 4th CWS solar center opened for business in Chani! As you may have read on the blog, opening night was pushed back a few days because of a faulty inverter. While the setback was a disappointment, the opening was still a big success. The CWS full time Ghana staff along with my family (who was visiting from the US and Ireland) made it to the big event. Muneera and Salamatu, the CWS solar and water entrepreneurs, were very enthusiastic about the opening. Salamatu (famous for Salamatu’s story) said she was excited for the opportunity to run another business that would improve the lives of Chani community members.

Here are more pictures from the night. Photo credit goes to my aunt Tara Canellas visiting Ghana from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida!

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TJ’s taxi got a flat tire en route to Chani but the CWS team worked together and within 15 minutes, we were all back on the road!
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Wahab showing me around the solar center!
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Some Chani kiddos!
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Ailis Kiernan (my mom) entertaining the Chani kids before the center opened for business
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CWS Field Representative Wahab helping Salamatu with battery sales inside the center. It was hot in there!
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CWS Field Rep Eric helps a woman put in “fresh” Burro batteries in to the lantern
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A woman shines her Burro lantern on her walk home.
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The center ceiling is so high that even CWS Field Rep Shak can stand inside!
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Some Chani kids checking out the solar center action
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Muneera and Salamatu smile after the opening. Every household came to get batteries! They were so excited to get the business started. We are so proud of them!
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Me, Muneera, Salamatu, Shak, Eric and Wahab cheesing outside the solar center after the opening!
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My fam gets in for a pic with Muneera, Salamatu, Shak and Wahab. Success!!!

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