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.
They 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.
Their mission has two parts:
To provide clean, solar-powered Little Sun light to as many people in the world as they can, focusing their 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.
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 them 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.
Additionally they work within communities to distribute lamps through VSLAs, door-to-door sales, and in-home sales events. Working with their growing network of sales agents, they use a personal approach to spread light – and livelihoods – in off-grid communities.
Little Sun’s unique combination of beautiful design and exceptional engineering has made the lamp popular across the globe. Featuring two light levels, it’s easy to use: 5 hours of charging in the sun produces 10 hours of soft light or 4 hours of bright light.
Little Sun light is changing the fabric of off-grid communities in more than 10 African countries, including in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, and Ghana – with many more to come. So far (as of 1 October 2015), they have sold a total of 339,149 Little Suns worldwide. Of those, over 170,000 lamps went to areas without electricity.See more