Liter of Light, Bohol

Bringing solar light to poor Filipino families.

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Anda Bohol
PH Philippines
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About the project Edit

ANDAKIDZ has officially partnered with the wonderful Manila-based MYSHELTER FOUNDATION to represent, promote and execute their LITER OF LIGHT PROJECT (http://aliteroflight.org/ ) in Anda.
Using Liter of Light (or Isang Litrong Liwanag) technology ANDAKIDZ will empower local people to deliver hundreds of eco-friendly bottle lights to Andahanon communities living without electricity.
ANDAKIDZ provide the funding for local people to make and install solar bottle lights.
The technology uses sunshine and an old plastic bottle filled with water and chlorine to produce a 55-watt solar bulb that refracts sunlight! It’s powerful enough to light up a home but more than that it’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and easy to make.
In March 2013 we started making the solar bulb kits. Actually Norberto Felicitas is Anda's first "solar engineer". ANDAKIDZ will pay for the kits to be made and installed in poor homes without electricity (or with very limited electricity but still with some "dark rooms"). Most installations, including materials, cost an estimated average of 7 USD/ 5 euros (250-300 pesos) and the solar bulb should last up to 5 years.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Upcycles plastic bottles and converts them to solar light source.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

1. Gives free solar day light to dark homes without electricity
2. Reduce electricity bills for homes with electric but lttle money to pay the bills
3. Creates sustainable jobs for "solar engineers" to make and install the solar bottles

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Huge.
This technology is simple and can travel anywhere plus the bottles can be upgraded to add solar panels and LED lights so they function during both night and day.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Seeing homes that are dark during sunny days meaning families often cannot work or play inside due to lack of light.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Currently we survive on donations.
We plan to install hundreds of free lights. At some point the local community will have proof of concept i.e. that the bottles improve their lives, work rate and/or save electricity costs. At this point the local solar engineers will be able to charge for making and installing the bottles (as is done already in Manila)


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