Profile of Liter of Light: A Global Changemaker

Liter of Light is a global, grassroots movement committed to providing affordable, sustainable solar light to people with limited or no access to electricity. 

It is a registered charitable organization committed to telling the story of more than one billion people around the world who suffer from the debilitating effects of energy poverty. Towards its objective of providing sustainable light to off-grid communities globally, the organization also develops educational programs to promote engagement and participation in the communities where it operates. 

Through a network of partnerships around the world, Liter of Light volunteers teach marginalized communities how to assemble and use recycled plastic bottles from locally sourced materials to illuminate their homes, businesses, and streets. Since its inception, Liter of Light has helped more than 1.5 million individuals in 32 countries worldwide. 

Liter of Light has also catalysed the growth of micro-enterprises in the countries where it operates. Over 320 women's cooperatives now assemble and rent out lights in the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Colombia. 
Using locally-sourced materials and transferring knowledge and technology, each of Liter of Light’s hand-built solar lamps reduces carbon emissions by 1000kg. Liter of Light's open source technology has been recognized by the UN and has been adopted for use in UNHCR camps. It is the proud recipient of the 2016 St. Andrews Prize for the Environment, the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize, and a winner of the 2014-2015 World Habitat Award. In the UAE, Illac has received the Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2015 and facilitated a world record ‘The Largest Environmental Sustainability Lesson’ with the support of the ZFEP. 
In October 2021, Founder and Executive Director, Illac Diaz will become the first Filipino private sector representative to the Dubai Expo 2020 as part of its EXPOLIVE Impact Innovation Program. Diaz is one of 120 changemakers selected from over 7,000 applications to showcase solutions with the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future". 

“EXPOLIVE is a once-in-a- generation opportunity to share how the Filipino innovation and creativity have changed the world. Through Liter of Light, Filipino innovation is lighting up the darkest corners of not just the Philippines but the world ,” said Diaz.

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