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How d.light’s D30 Led to Improved Revenues: 

for Naivasha Business lady

Published May 16, 2017 by d.light

Margaret Muchina is soft spoken. Her mild temperament extends to the way she serves her customers. She slowly lifts the lid off a container that contains githeri, a common Kenyan meal made from a mixture of maize and legumes, most commonly, beans, boiled before spices and other condiments are added.

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Story of Mutuku Family:
How d.light’s D30 Solar Home System Supported a Kenyan Student’s Academic Success

Published March 21, 2017 by d.light

Nearly a year after its installation, one d.light D30 solar home system has brought new opportunities to a family of five in Kenya. Even though the home of the Mutuku Family is located roughly 600 meters from an electrical utility transformer, their residence in Machakos County...
 

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Growing the Green Economy:
A Recap of Unreasonable Impact US

Published February 17, 2017 by d.light

Recently, our co-founder and Chief Product Officer Sam Goldman got a chance to reconnect with one of d.light’s early mentors through a unique program called Unreasonable Impact US. George Kembel, Global Director and co-founder of the Stanford University d.school, mentored Sam and d.light co-founder and CEO Ned Tozun, back when d.light...
 

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Spotlight on the Kenya Call Center:
How We Provide Excellent Service to d.light Customers

Published November 22, 2016 by d.light

When d.light customers in Kenya need to register their products, or they have questions or concerns, they dial a toll-free number. Their call is routed to a call center in Nairobi, where a team of customer-service professionals is on hand to respond. Between them, they speak English, Swahili, and eight local dialects.
 

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How a Powerful Story Helps You Find Great Partners

Published November 15, 2016 by Ned Tozun

This article was originally posted on the Unreasonable Blog

In our business, we have a habit of making people cry.

It started in the early days, when my business partner, Sam Goldman, and I were trying to raise seed funding for d.light through business plan competitions and angel investor pitches...

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How to Build a Fulfilling Career in Social Impact

Published November 8, 2016 by d.light

According to a recent poll, social entrepreneurship is on the rise worldwide. At d.light, we’re constantly getting inquiries about working in the social impact space. We’ve found that there isn’t one single path or skill set that makes someone successful in a social enterprise; rather, it’s more about passion, character, and grit.

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Spotlight on Amy Liu:
How Behind-the-Scenes Staff Help d.light Succeed

Published September 13, 2016 by d.light

While we often talk about the impact of d.light’s products, those products are only possible because of hardworking teams that keep d.light organized as a business. In ensuring that d.light’s operations run as smoothly and efficiently as our products, these dedicated employees are as essential as our front-line staff ...

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Spotlight on Girish Pal Singh:
How One d.light Employee Impacted More Than Half a Million People

Published August 23, 2016 by d.light

Getting our solar products to off-grid households around the world is no small task, and is only possible because of the immense dedication of talented d.light employees like Girish Pal Singh, a member of our India team. 

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Q&A with d.light’s New Managing Director of Africa:Jacob Okoth

Published August 9, 2016 by d.light

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have more than fifteen years of experience in senior operational roles. These roles cut across the sectors of insurance, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and telecommunications. I also have worked...

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Reducing Energy Poverty:
Not Only for Solar and Impact Investors

Published July 24, 2016 by Ned Tozun

One day, a friend of Bala Suleman, who lived near Kano, Nigeria, was raving to him about a new portable solar light he’d started using. Suleman, a chicken farmer, was skeptical but open to learning more about his friend’s new acquisition.“When I saw the way it was constructed and the quality of the plastic, I was completely convinced...

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Spotlight on Nixon Timbit:
A d.light Employee's Life Transformed

Published July 19, 2016 by d.light                

At d.light, we often talk about the impact we have on our customers’ lives. But they are only one segment of the d.light family. We also aim to positively contribute to the lives of our partners and employees.

We especially value our employees’ career paths, given that the majority of d.light’s operations are in emerging markets. 

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How We Move Off-Grid Families Up the Energy Access Ladder

Published July 12, 2016 by d.light                

Early each morning, Agnes Waniiru travels to a market of Siakago town in Embu County, Kenya, to sell chips (French fries). About eighteen months ago, Agnes met a sales agent who shared how d.light products could help her with her business. . She borrowed money from her savings group and purchased an S20 solar light to replace her kerosene lantern. 

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Team Culture: 
How to build one team culture across a multinational business

Published July 5, 2016 by Ned Tozun                

In 2008, when my business partner and I moved to India and China, respectively, to set up offices for our young company, we were wary about imposing a common corporate culture across the teams. As Americans, we wanted to be sensitive to the other cultures we were stepping into. Let the India office figure out its own Indian version...

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d.light India Customer Satisfaction Study:
New study demonstrates social impact of d.light products in India

Published June 28, 2016 by d.light                

For families with no or limited access to electricity, switching from kerosene lanterns to solar-powered LED lights dramatically improves their quality of life. We at d.light have seen this over and over again as we’ve talked with customers in the field; a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Lighting Asia/India Program of the...

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From Stanford d.school to the Developing World:
d.light’s user-centered design approach

Published June 21, 2016 by d.light

Since the founding of d.light, the company’s product designers, salespeople, and executives have spent hundreds of hours in countries across Asia, Africa, South and Central America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands, speaking with off-grid families and observing their daily activities. 

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The Founding Story:
Co-founders Sam Goldman and Ned Tozun have partnered together to lead d.light for nearly ten years

Published June 14, 2016 by d.light

In 2004, Sam Goldman was a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa, when tragedy struck his neighbors.

Sam was living in a remote, un-electrified village called Guinagourou. He had come to rely on a small LED headlamp for light each evening.

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