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A brighter future

Making Life Brighter

d.light is a global leader in social transformation by making transformative products available and affordable to low-income families. Most of the customers we serve don’t have access to reliable power or financing, and d.light removes those barriers. We enable reliable power through our solar energy solutions and enable financing with our Pay As You Go technology. d.light has sold over 25 million products including solar lanterns, solar home systems, TVs, radios and smartphones, impacting the lives of over 173 million people.
Our vision is to transform the lives of 1 billion people with sustainable products by 2030.

Our Founding

In 2004, Peace Corps volunteer Sam Goldman's neighbor was badly burned in a kerosene accident in Benin, Africa. Sam knew there had to be better, safer ways to power homes and businesses in the developing world. After returning to North America from the Peace Corps, Sam enrolled in Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability class, where he met co-founder Ned Tozun.
In 2007, Ned and Sam founded d.light, developing the initial prototype solar lantern and an ambitious plan to bring safe, bright, clean lighting and power to people around the globe. d.light’s first commercial solar product made its debut in the marketplace in 2008.

Power with a Purpose

  • Goal

    By 2030, d.light will have helped to transform the lives of 1 billion people with sustainable products
  • Mission

    Transform lives with sustainable products
  • Values: i.HOPE

    • Innovative
    • Honest
    • Optimistic
    • Passionate
    • Empathetic

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