On the very rare evenings when the electricity fails in Davis, people rush around lighting candles or turning on flashlights. It can be fun, especially for children. It’s different and exciting — unless it lasts too long.
For the 1.6 billion people in the world who live off the electrical grid, it is anything but fun or exciting to plunge into darkness when the sun sets.
Seven out of 10 people in sub-Sarahan Africa live “off-grid.” Candles and kerosene, both dangerous and expensive, replace the sun. Candles cause serious burns and catch houses on fire. One hour of breathing kerosene is the equivalent of smoking 10 cigarettes.
Little Sun is working to replace candles and kerosene with environmentally friendly small solar lights. The lights sold in developed countries underwrite the lights sold in Africa at locally affordable prices.
Those of us in Davis promoting Little Sun wish to thank Davis Enterprise editor Debbie Davis, reporter Anne Ternus-Bellamy and photographer Sue Cockrell for the article and photos that so enthusiastically and extensively introduced Little Sun to Davis.
Excitement reigned among local Little Sun enthusiasts when exactly seven days after the Little Sun article appeared in The Enterprise, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that after an intensive study of the Little Sun project, the Bloomberg foundation was making a $5 million impact investment.
Go to littlesun.com, buy a darling bright yellow solar light for the camper, cyclist or walker in your life and help light up the world, Little Sun by Little Sun.