d.light, India
Solar lanterns lighting up the world

For the 1.6 billion people across the world without electricity there has been little alternative to smoky, polluting kerosene lamps for lighting. d.light has provided that alternative thanks to a cheap, reliable solar lamp. Over 220,000 units have already been sold in over thirty countries via a network of rural entrepreneurs. As one of these entrepreneurs says, ”this will do to kerosene what mobile phones did to letters”.

2014 Update

The total number of lanterns in use is now over 2.6 million, benefiting over 13 million people and saving around 240,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

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Demonstrating a d.light Nova lamp at a stall in Chamieyani, India
Indian mother of three with her d.light Kiran lamp
Using a d.light lantern for studying in the evening