Hi! My name is Theodor Tang-Peronard and I got the amazing opportunity to go to Ghana this February with other classmates. Since last year I have been working on a project called Little Sun. I started it as my J8 project in eighth grade but I decided to pursue it this year.
Little Sun is a social business and global project addressing the need for light in a sustainable way that benefits communities without electricity, creates local jobs, and generates local profits. Little Sun is not a charity. Rather than a short-term fix of donating lamps to areas without electricity (known as ‘off-grid’ areas), Little Sun focuses on the longer-term goal of building profitable local businesses that distributes Little Sun’s light.
Light is a vital resource. Approximately 1.6 billion people currently live in areas of the world without electricity. Gaining access to a clean, reliable, and affordable light source is a critical issue in these areas, such as in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana) and Southeast Asia.
The actual objects are self-chargeable lights which last up to 2-3 years. All one has to do is leave it in the sun and the solar panels will charge the lamp. Then it will last for a full night, until the sun rises the next morning. The renting system for people who wanted one consisted of paying a small amount each week for twelve weeks. After this period of time the renter had full ownership of the lamp. After they have fully paid, there is enough money for another one. This means that there is a constant flow of lamps coming in to Ghana every time somebody who can bring new ones on visits. In April my fellow travelers will bring the new ones and follow up with some more questions like, “How have you used the lamps”, and take pictures of the owners with their lamps. I think this project is going to be a success and Little Sun will spread its light to Ghana.