Little Sun allows people living in off-grid areas to work longer hours hence increases productivity, provides light for children to read and study, supplies light for families to cook at night, allows people to socialize after dark, makes safe night time travel possible, without relying on unsafe and carcinogenic kerosene lanterns. Over a 3-year period, it saves off-grid users 90% of what they would spend on kerosene lighting.
Little Sun is also a social enterprise that follows the principle of trade, not aid. It addresses the need for light in a sustainable way and assists in the creation of small businesses. Little Sun’s goal is to spread light, safe energy and profit everywhere.
National ENERGY GLOBE AWARD Singapore 2014
Submitted by: Little Sun Pte LTd
Little Sun Solar Lamp
Fuel-based lighting such as lanterns is everywhere but it is an expensive and unhealthy light source. Little Sun is much cheaper: over the course of three years, Little Sun’s innovative and energy efficient design will save users 90% of what they would spend on fuel-based lighting. Switching to Little Sun solar-powered light means no more money spent monthly on lighting fuel.
Little Sun is not only more affordable; it’s healthier and safer too. Emissions from fuel-based lighting have significant toxic effects. An evening of inhaling the emissions of a wick-based kerosene lamp is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes. The open flames of lanterns and candles are also dangerous fire hazards. By contrast, the light from Little Sun is clean, sustainable and safe. And with Little Sun, users enjoy a quality of light that is 10 times stronger and better than fuel-based lighting. Little Sun is user-friendly, 5 hours of charging in the sun creates a full evening of bright solar-powered light plus extended hours of use at a lower intensity. It is designed to adapt to people’s lifestyle: it can be worn around the neck, carried as a hand-held lantern, fixed as a table lamp, hung on a wall or attached to a bike.
Little Sun empowers people living in off-grid areas by:
- enabling longer work hours hence increasing productivity
- providing light for children to read and study
- supplying light for families to cook together at night
- allowing people to socialize after dark
- making safe night time travel possible
- improving workplace safety without relying on unsafe and carcinogenic kerosene lanterns.
Little Sun in on-grid areas is perfect for:
- camping, beach parties, BBQs, festivals, and children’s games
- lighting exterior spaces, gardens, terraces or balconies
- indoors as a household energy-saver, night light etc.
- charging cell phones in new version
Little Sun is also a social enterprise that follows the principle of trade, not aid. It is not just about delivering light to people, it matters how it gets there. Little Sun addresses the need for light in a sustainable way that benefits off-grid communities by helping to create and sustain small businesses. The Little Sun business model is to invest in the delivery of light to off-grid areas by supplying local distributors and small businesses with Little Sun lamps at low prices, creating local jobs, and providing retailers with the support they need to generate profit.
Lower off-grid Little Sun prices are made possible by:
- selling Little Suns on-grid at a higher price
- raising additional funds through Little Sun projects and events worldwide
- working with our on-grid retail partners who take a reduced profit margin from sales of Little Suns to support the project.
Project Mingalabar by Ruth Khaw
This self-initiated project by a group of young 13 year olds is an inheritance of the Apostle’s spirit despite their age. How proud the parents must be!
This project is titled Project Mingalabar, which means ‘Hello’ in Burmese.
There are seven girls in our group, Tan Junn Faye, Andrea Nelson, Clarinda Ong, Amanda Yap, Rebekah Seow, Vivienne Teo and myself. We are from CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School Sec 2 and we spent the latter half of 2014 completing this project.
The aim was to raise money to help the Salesian Sisters build a kindergarten in Yangon. Our plan was to raise funds through our parish church, Christ the King and also through the Parents’ Support Group at school as well as with the Catholic Parents’ network at St Nicholas. We sold handmade Christmas mats and handicrafts done by the Sisters and girls at the vocational centre outside Mandalay. At the same time we also appealed to the parishioners and parents to sponsor and donate a solar lamp to the needy families in Myanmar.
Dr Irene Lee, founder of the Little Suns (a solar powered LED light, designed to bring light to the world’s rural poor) generously agreed to donate $15 from the proceeds of each lamp sold. The amount collected is to be contributed to the building fund for the new kindergarten in Yangon. In the end, we managed to raise about S$7,000 in total.
We decided to help ACTS Myanmar because I have been to Myanmar twice before and are familiar with the Salesian Sisters there.
Seeing the prevalent poverty in Myanmar and the difficult living conditions there. And seeing the love and care the Salesian Sisters have for the children, we would like the same loving support to be available for the children in Yangon with the new Kindergarten.
Most of all, we are students from CHIJ school and because of our pioneer IJ Sisters’ love and perseverance, we are able to have so many IJ schools today in Singapore.
Thus, we would like to pay it forward by giving the same opportunity that has been given to us, to the kindergarten children in Yangon.
All funds generated by Little Sun are used to drive the project. Little Sun’s goal is to spread sustainable light, safe energy, and profit everywhere. Little Sun makes light for living, learning and earning.