At Let There Be Light International, our mission is to combat energy poverty in vulnerable off-grid communities and to fight global climate change.
Meet our team and learn about our passion for sharing solar lighting.
Let There Be Light International addresses the basic lighting needs of vulnerable off-grid communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Essentially, we work to set up and manage community-based solar programming with vetted local NGO Partners who are active in these areas and already have relationships with the most vulnerable households. Meet our partners here.
Together, we distribute solar lights to individuals and families, prioritizing people with disabilities, children, women, and the elderly. To amplify health outcomes, we also deploy solar to electrify high-priority health clinics in these communities, reaching an average of 13,000 people in each catchment area. In addition, we host free educational and outreach forums about how solar lighting offsets the dangers of kerosene and small disposable flashlights, seeding solar markets and supporting last-mile renewable energy programming.
Check out our most recent Impact Map here.
In the areas we serve in Uganda, Malawi, Kenya and Rwanda the rural electrification rates range from 5% to 28%. The primary lighting input in these off-grid communities comes from kerosene and candles, which are expensive and responsible for high rates of house fires, childhood burns, poisonings, respiratory infections, and headaches. Not to mention, kerosene is a contributor to global climate change, an issue affecting every one of us.
The first step is simple: donate solar to provide clean, sustainable lights and power.
We provide portable solar lights to families living in extreme poverty and prioritize donations to children and their families, women, and the elderly.
Serving the Community
We raise funds to install solar lighting systems at un-electrified, off-grid health facilities to improve healthcare access and delivery for entire communities.
Data Driven Nonprofit
We collect disaggregated demographic and usage data about all recipients and conduct pre- and post-electrification needs assessments in off-grid areas. Reports and data are available upon request.
Qualified, Durable Solar Lights
All lights approved for distribution in sub-Saharan Africa have been rigorously tested to withstand harsh conditions in resource-constrained Africa.
Help us keep the light shining.
Your donation provides light to communities in need and furthers the global Sustainable Development Goals.