According to the UNDP, 1.6 billion people are not connected to the power grid. “It is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity and preserving the environment.” And yet, widespread energy poverty still condemns billions to darkness, to ill health, to missed opportunities for education and prosperity. “That is why I say, energy poverty must end… We need to turn on the lights for all households.” UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon. January, 2012
Our Light Up the World project is working towards solving this social problem. For $10 a family gets a solar powered light, which lends itself to savings of about $100 to $300 per year by eliminating the need for kerosene, over 5,000 hours of after sunset productivity for studying and business, material decrease in violence against women and children, decrease in pulmonary disorders associated with inhalation of toxins, and decreased environmental degradation such as CO2 emissions and deforestation.
The Light Up the World project is currently distributing solar powered lights to households in the Central Plateau in Haiti and will expand throughout the country. Eventually, Soleil Global will work throughout the developing world, reaching the hundreds of millions of people who live without electricity.
The main areas that Soleil Global is trying to impact with the provision of solar-powered light are economic development, education, the environment, girl power (the empowerment of girls and women), and health and safety. These 5 core issue areas are at the heart of the Light Up the World project and the distribution of solar light to off the grid communities has the potential to tremendously impact them all.