Local NGO Lights Up The Homes Of 382,000 Rural Filipinos

Who said solar energy has to be expensive?

Liter of Light, a local NGO started by 44-year-old social entrepreneur Illac Diaz, proves that riches aren’t necessary to bring solar light to the rural communities. Sustainable and affordable energy can reach even the grassroots, specifically those who do not have access to electricity.

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Image Credit: Liter of Light

Volunteers visit rural communities to teach young and old on how to light up their homes with the use of recycled plastic bottles, water, bleach and other locally sourced materials. These lights don’t just light up houses but also classrooms and the streets. Some beneficiaries have even started livelihoods due to the brightness they can now experience at nighttime.

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Image Credit: Liter of Light via Facebook
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Image Credit: Liter of Light via Facebook

Female community members are empowered and given the resources to build their own solar lamps, providing livelihood and supporting women empowerment in communities.

Beyond the Philippines

Liter of Light is a local NGO based in Manila, Philippines, but it has already expanded to 15 other countries. Kenya, Uganda, Bangladesh, Spain, and Switzerland are just some of the countries where you can find the social enterprise active.

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Image Credit: Liter of Light via Facebook

To date, 382,000 Filipinos have benefited from the project, and a total of 690,000 people globally have been alleviated from energy poverty. The goal of the NGO extends beyond the country, and it aims to reach one million beneficiaries in 15 countries by 2017.

Bayanihan is alive

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Image Credit: Liter of Light via Facebook

In the fight against energy poverty, Liter of Light is not alone in their efforts to bring light to the barrios. Numerous organizations partner with them so that more people get more access to this innovation.

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Image Credit: Liter of Light via Facebook

Just recently, Bugsay Rafters, a rafting company in CDO, coordinated with the NGO to light up bridges and villages along the CDO river. The Philippine Roadtrip is also on a trip to a lifetime to travel the entire Philippines and to bring solar lamps to the areas that need it the most. They aim to distribute 5,000 lamps to the far-flung areas of the country’s 81 provinces.

You can be part of it, too

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Image Credit: Liter of Light via Facebook

You don’t just have to hear about it. This doesn’t have to be just another news to share online. You can be part of this revolution.

There are a lot of things you can do.

  • Donate – Whatever amount you give can go a long way.
  • Volunteer – No money, no problem. Use your talents to be the light.

Soon, there will no longer be a home in the country without a light.

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