d.light – enlightening people’s lives across the globe
d.light is a for-profit social enterprise and the world leader in affordable solar light power products for the developing world. Charging d.light’s solar lights during the day (even on a cloudy day) will provide light for an entire night.
In 2004, during d.light co-founder Sam Goldman’s Peace Corps service in Benin, Africa, his neighbor’s son was badly burned by an overturned kerosene lamp. This incident, along with the knowledge that 2.3 billion people in the world still do not have access to reliable electricity, inspired Sam to participate in a class called Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability at the Stanford Design School, where he met co-founder Ned Tozun.
With Journeys for Change we visit the d.light HQ in Delhi and learned that d.light has improved the lives of over 28 M people, reached over 7 M school kids and created 9 BN “extra” hours for studying and working. Also, we went to a village and saw, how the product was introduced and sold to the poorest, who had never seen anything like that before.
d.light has set up a smart cooperation with a microfinance NGO (BASIX) who supports people financing the lamp and also works as local sales team in the villages. The cheapest lamp at 8 USD is still unaffordable for most families.
Myanmar youth studies with d.light