Many families who can’t obtain or afford electric light instead burn coal, wood, kerosene or candles for illumination. These fuels can be costly and dangerous - 1.5 million people die annually from using kerosene lamps, which cause fires and respiratory illnesses.
The mission of the Foundation is to enable sustainable access to light to underserved communities. Our projects promote the use of clean technology based lighting systems that address the entire spectrum of lighting needs of a community. These could be home lighting, institutional lighting, public lighting and lighting for emergency relief. By mapping the access to light value chain and identifying barriers in key activities like manufacturing, distribution, affordability and sustainability, we inform our strategy and choice of partners & projects. Working with NGOs and communities around the world, we’re bringing electric light to the places it is needed the most. And by sharing our expertise on the role of lighting in accelerating energy efficiency, we’re helping to protect our environment.