These Off Grid Solar Lights Are Made By The Communities Who Use Them
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Liter of Light works with women’s cooperatives to make solar lights from simple parts, instead of sending them solar lights that don’t work the way they want them.
When solar lights or other small solar projects are sold or donated to off-grid communities, the ending isn’t always as expected: If something breaks and no one made a decent plan for repair, it’s possible the product will end up in the trash.
After seeing this happen in the Philippines, social entrepreneur Illac Diaz decided to take a different approach. Instead of importing solar products, his organization, Liter of Light, works with the local community to make everything locally. Repairs and replacements become simple.