Imagine your life with no light. You must work during the day, wake up with the sun to earn a living, grow your food, tend your animals, wash your clothes, cook your food, care for your children, read and learn when you can.
The sun goes down and with it goes your activity, your sight, your security, your productivity and learning opportunities. The landscape is black, the closest street lights miles away. Children walk these roads to read books under the lamp light.
One household lamp exists and it is burns kerosene. It is killing you and your children with its fumes and black smoke. But its all you have, all you can afford and it is better then the blackness.
With it you can cook and clean, see your family, see who is coming or going, read a little, try to educate your children. But they are sickly, their lungs hurt and they cough. Noses run, skin rashes, itchy eyes. But kerosene is all you have.
You want your children to have a better life but they can’t learn when you are sick too and they have to help you earn a living. You can’t breathe after all these years of kerosene fumes and your eldest child burnt her hands. They are infected but the nearest clinic has no light, no water and no power to run the fridges that hold the drugs to help her.
Light is not a luxury.