Light is life

Light is a vital resource. Approximately 1.2 billion people currently live in areas of the world without electricity, known as ‘off-grid’ areas. Gaining access to a clean, reliable, and affordable light source is a critical issue in these areas, such as in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Light is a fundamental need we all share, and those without it face significant challenges.

When darkness falls without light, the structure of entire communities is affected. Poverty reduction strategies are difficult to implement, as working hours are limited to daytime and income is reduced. Medical care becomes more dangerous to provide. Education levels drop, as children cannot study after sunset. The quality of leisure activities like cooking and socialising is compromised.




Kerosene lanterns are a common off-grid light source used to combat these issues, yet an evening of breathing in a kerosene lamp’s emissions is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes, and their open flames carry the risk of burns and house fires. Additionally, kerosene is expensive, with off-grid households spending an average of 10-25% of their monthly budget on the fuel. While polluting homes at the local level, kerosene also impacts the environment on a global scale, releasing 190 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per year.

A clean, sustainable solution:

Little Sun promotes development

Access to clean light is essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals as outlined by the United Nations, specifically falling under these categories:

  • Poverty eradication
    Little Sun provides light so businesses can remain open later, which increases their income. Using Little Sun also saves people 90% over a 2-year period compared to kerosene.
  • Education
    Little Sun provides light for children to study or read in the evenings, which leads to children performing better in school and staying in school.
  • Gender equality
    As they spend more hours in the home, women and children suffer disproportionally from the indoor air pollution, breathing-related problems, burns, and fires caused by kerosene lanterns and candles. Little Sun light provides a safe alternative that emits no smoke and is non-toxic.
  • Health
    With Little Sun solar-powered light, medical care that must be performed at night becomes safer to provide. Little Sun lamps are safe, clean and eliminate indoor air pollution, breathing-related problems, burns, and fires caused by kerosene lanterns and candles, while supplying light that is 10 times brighter.
  • Environmental sustainability
    While polluting homes at the local level, using kerosene for lighting impacts the environment on a global scale, releasing 190 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per year. Little Sun is an environmentally sustainable solution.