Liter of Light is a project that transforms water bottles into solar lights and sells them at really affordable cost of a dollar to areas of the world that need it the most. The project was developed by My Shelter Foundation – a social enterprise founded in 2011, in the Philippines, by social entrepreneur and actor Illac Diaz.
Liter of Light’s solar-powered lights are in 20 countries including India, Pakistan, Kenya and Brazil and in 650,000 homes around the world. They consider Liter Of Light a global movement – with volunteers that work independently around the globe.
Funds from Pepsi and the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize powered their expansion. In 2013, Pepsi funded the installation of close to 5,000 lights in Mexico, the Philippines, Colombia and Malaysia. By 2014, this number had grown to about 24,000.
They also have a daytime light to illuminate dark rooms in slum communities, which is made using a plastic bottle, water and 10ml of bleach (to prevent algal growth). When the bottles are slotted into built holes in the roof they refract sunlight. This idea was first invented by Brazilian mechanic Alfredo Moser, while studying at MIT.
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