Little Sun is a global social intiative that seeks to create access to sustainable and afforable light in order to benefit local communities and create employment opportunities.
Artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen have worked together to develop an ingenious solar-powered LED light which incorporates the world's most efficient solar cell. Little Sun is a wholly sustainable light source that reduces dependence on expensive and polluting kerosene-fuelled lamps. The light it generates may illuminate emergency medical procedures or allow children and adults to study after dark.
The purchase of each Little Sun light in a part of the world lucky enough to have electricity enables the delivery of another Little Sun to an off-grid community in Africa at a locally affordable price. Little Sun currently distributes its lights in Zimbabwe, Ethopia, Kenya, Senegal and Ghana, amongst other African counties - as well as in Europe, America, Australia and Japan.
Since its launch in 2012, Little Sun has distributed over 200,000 Little Sun lights worldwide. Importantly, Little Sun works to a sustainable social enterprise model, training local entrepeneurs to develop small-scale businesses in order to distribute Little Sun lights.