Liter of Light

  • Off-grid
  • Recyclability
  • Solar power
  • Access
  • Affordability
  • Installation

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Liter of Light - MyShelter Foundation

Published 06 Feb 2017

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Liter of Light

According to the United Nations, over one billion people in the world suffer from energy poverty. The vast majority of these people use kerosene lamps for energy use, exposing them and their families to toxic fumes and risk of fire or other hazards. While the cost of solar power has decreased, most often proposed solutions bring technologies to energy-poor communities through top-down approaches, importing consumer models without turning over skills or ways to repair the technology. The result is continued dependence on imported solar solutions, which not only means that the full stock needs to be replaced at the end of every battery cycle (2 years) or when a part breaks. It also signals a lack of capacity to scale that becomes even more severe during national disasters. The Liter of Light redesigns solar lighting for the developing world. Our simple, two-step technology creates local jobs, teaches green skills, and empowers energy-poor communities. Rather than depending on imported, patented, and expensive technologies, our grassroots green lighting movement embodies the principle that anyone can become a solar engineer. Videos: Senegal: Malaysia: Pakistan: Colombia -

How it benefits society

Access to safe and secure pathways to move people and goods becomes critical during national disasters. With communication and transportation networks down, communities become isolated from assistance and vulnerable to increased crime and security issues. With no light at night, women, the elderly and children are susceptible to rape, violence, and restricted movement. Empowered by our Liter of Light mobile charging systems, families can continue communicating with their loved ones and remain updated on the post-disaster relief efforts, particularly the movement of people and relief goods. Our street lights have been deployed to create corridors of light that provide safe passage and security for communities in post-disaster areas. By deploying our community-built solar lighting solutions, particularly our mobile charging systems and street lights, in post-disaster and highly vulnerable communities, the Liter of Light helps to ease safe movement and reduced crime and transportation risks for women, children, and other vulnerable populations. Our primary business model in the community is training a cooperative of five women on how to build our technologies. Rather than providing them with financial capital, we seed them the materials and tools required to build their lights. Upon completing their training, they can sell what they produce at a suggested retail price, including a 20% retainer fee which they use to pay off the initial capital investment.

Who we are


Liter of Light - MyShelter Foundation
Illac Angelo Diaz, Ami Valdemoro
Our headquarters are based in Manila, Philippines.

Liter of Light is a global movement with operations across over 30 countries around the world. The main office is located in Manila, Philippines, where the Liter of Light was founded, with a full-time staff of 10. Across all of our offices we have a staff and volunteer network of 50 members and staff, in addition to thousands of volunteers who have worked with us to train and teach off-grid communities how to build our three flagship solar solutions: solar reading lanterns, house lights with mobile charging systems, and street lights.

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