A work of art that works in life
Little Sun is:
Who we are
Little Sun is a social business and global project addressing the need for light in a sustainable way that benefits communities without electricity, creates local jobs, and generates local profits.
We currently have distribution in over 10 African countries, including in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, and Ghana – as well as in Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, and the United States.
Launched in July 2012 at London’s Tate Modern, the Little Sun project has since distributed over 200,000 Little Sun lamps worldwide – and that number is quickly growing.
In April 2014 Little Sun received a ground-breaking $5 million impact investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies, making it possible for us to dramatically scale our operations across the African continent.
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What we do
Our mission has two parts:
How we do it
Little Sun’s unique combination of beautiful design and exceptional engineering has made the lamp popular across the globe. Every Little Sun sold in an area of the world with electricity enables us to deliver one Little Sun to an off-grid African community at a locally affordable price.
Little Sun is not a charity, but an inclusive social business. Rather than a short-term fix of donating lamps to an area without electricity, we work with and train local entrepreneurs to build profitable local businesses that distribute Little Sun light. For us, it’s not just about delivering light to people – it matters how it gets there.
Additionally we work within communities to distribute lamps through VSLAs, door-to-door sales, and in-home sales events. Working with our growing network of sales agents, we use a personal approach to spread light – and livelihoods – in off-grid communities.
Questions? Write to email@example.com, and we’ll be happy to help you.
You can get involved in the project by buying a Little Sun of your own, contributing to a Business Box, or following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Vimeo. Join our growing Little Sun community!
Little Sun supports the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative to achieve universal access to modern energy services by 2030, established by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change. Read about the initiative here.