Through a simple, open source, do-it-yourself daylight technology, customers can use the savings from their electricity bills to purchase a locally built upgrade for lighting at night.
WE WANT TO REFRAME THE WAY PEOPLE THINK ABOUT SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE, NOT AS A PRODUCT OF INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS, BUT AS A GIFT THAT DEVELOPING COUNTRIES CAN SHARE WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD. ILLAC DIAZ, EXECUIVE DIRECTOR, MYSHELTER FOUNDATION
THE IDEA BEHIND Liter of Light is a grassroots solar movement that empowers the most under-resourced communities through the creation of livelihood programs. The organization trains women from low-income and water scarce regions to assemble locally sourced, sustainable, and affordable solar products. Off-the-shelf micro solar products already help millions but are not always the best solution in the long term. They are often imported, patented, hard to repair, and too expensive. This means that financing is required, e.g. through aid or micro credits, which may not always be an option. By training locals to supply green technologies to their own communities, Liter of Light is changing the story about sustainable development. From one where poor countries wait for aid to one where poor people acquire the skills and tools to proactively improve their quality of life.
Published on Jun 9, 2013