Giving Light 2017-02-22T16:08:28+00:00

Dwaal donates 5% of all profits to these organizations that support equitable lighting

Solar Energy Foundation (Stiftung Solarenergie)
Solar Energy Foundation (Stiftung Solarenergie)
Solar Energy Foundation works for rural development and poverty alleviation by providing solar ener­gy in rural and marginalized areas worldwide. They go to people who do not have access to clean, reliable and sustainable energy. They work together with rural communities for development and prosperity in rural areas.
Solar Electric Light Fund
Solar Electric Light Fund
The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit whose mission is to design and implement solar energy solutions to assist those living in energy poverty with their economic, educational, health care and agricultural development. Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 20 countries and pioneered unique applications of solar power for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, online learning in South Africa, and microenterprise development in Nigeria.
Supporting Dwaal's research, design and volunteer work to support equitable lighting
Supporting Dwaal's research, design and volunteer work to support equitable lighting
One third of the donated money goes to a fund that supports independent research and design projects by Dwaal. These research or design projects are for the specific purpose of supporting equitable lighting. If you want to contribute directly to this fund, click here.

Why is equitable lighting important?

  • 2.8 billion people – about 40% of the world’s population use solid fuels—wood, charcoal, coal and dung—for cooking and heating. Every year fumes and smoke from open cooking fires kill approximately 1.5 million people mostly women and children, from emphysema and other respiratory diseases
  • The worldwide market potential alone for the replacement of kerosene lamps by simple solar lanterns is USD 18.8 billion.
  • The potential of the off‐grid market in Africa and Asia is almost equal (Africa USD 68.6 billion; Asia USD 64.85 billion), although Africa attracts a significant greater attention in the public perception.
  • The world’s top five off‐grid markets are India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Indonesia, followed by DR Congo, Pakistan, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.


  • 1.2 billion people in 66 countries which were surveyed do not have access to reliable power supply, with 49% living respectively in Africa and Asia and 2% in America.
  • The worldwide market potential alone for the replacement of kerosene lamps by simple solar lanterns is USD 18.8 billion.
  • The most problematic factor for business in Africa is the “access to finance”, closely followed by “corruption”. The ratio in Asia and America is different: “corruption” is here the most problematic factor for business while “access to finance” is ranked on third position.
  • The Business Environment in 40% of African countries and 31% of Asian countries is below average or even unacceptable.


  • Kerosene, which is commonly used in many homes for lighting, may be expensive, hazardous, damaging to one’s health and a pollutant
  • The World Bank estimates that breathing kerosene fumes is the equivalent of smoking two packets of cigarettes a day and two-thirds of adult females with lung cancer in developing nations are non-smokers.
  • Use of kerosene light “consumes 77 billion liters of fuel worldwide, costing its predominantly impoverished end-users a total of $38 billion annually.” ~ Dr Evan Mills
  • If a single kerosene lantern burns for an average of four hours a day it emits over 100kg of CO2 a year. The combustion of fuel for lighting consequently results in 190 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to one-third the total emissions from the UK,” ~ Dr Evan Mills
  • The new-generation lamps offer features that consumers are demanding, such as cell phone chargers.
  • Lighting allows children to study or do homework after dark, safely.
  • “Those without electricity pay hundreds of times more per lumen — the unit measurement of visible light emitted by a source — than those who enjoy free-flowing electricity.” ~ Dr Evan Mills

  • Resources

    How can you help?

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