A work of art that works in life

Little Sun is:

  • An attractive, high-quality solar-powered LED lamp developed by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen
  • A social business focused on getting clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.1 billion people worldwide without access to electricity
  • A global project connecting the world through sharing light

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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.

What we do

Our mission has two parts:

  • To provide clean, solar-powered Little Sun light to as many people in the world as we can, focusing our reach particularly in off-grid areas, which need light the most
  • To strengthen off-grid communities from the inside out, training young local entrepreneurs to become Little Sun sales agents and powering their small businesses with an initial seed capital of Little Sun lamps, which allows them to get their start

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 business@littlesun.com, and we’ll be happy to help you.

Join us

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 is a certified B Corporation.

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.

Partners and collaborators:

Impact Investor

Associations and Initiatives

Development Partners

Distribution Partners