Turning a simple everyday object,
into a life-saving solution
There are over 1.2 million refugees in Lebanon who had to flee their country under extreme conditions. They now live in harsh circumstances with no access to electricity. This drives them to search for alternatives such as kerosene lamps that threaten their lives and well-being.
Collectively, kerosene lamps cause 3% of the worlds CO2 emissions and are a significant source of black carbon, with even more intense local warming impact. Lebanon also suffers from a severe electricity crisis with most of the country getting around 6 hours of government electricity a day.
Due to lack of electricity, refugees have had to resort to dangerous alternatives like Kerosene lamps and candles. In 2017, an entire camp was burned to ashes from a fire that started in one tent. Due to this, children struggle with studying as kerosene lamps are creating a hazard to their health and candles start dangerous fires.
The cost of kerosene is a poverty trap. Amongst the poorest populations, kerosene alone consumes up to 30% of their income.
The Light Pin Project is an initiative to bring practical power to low income areas through innovation and design. It's a clothespin equipped with a solar panel to store enough energy during the day to light up an LED lamp at night.
We worked with what we had, an average clothespin spends around 8 hours in the sun everyday, we took those hours and put them to good use. We created LightPin, the world's first clothespin equipped with solar panels. Each clothespin would be able to store enough energy during the day to light up an LED lamp at night. The Pins are distributed to parents at the camps to give to their children at night to use for studying. This eliminates candles and kerosene lamps, potentially saving lives.
LightPin is being integrated into the daily lives of refugees in camps around the country and the feedback is tremendous. Solar Technology can be complicated to use, LightPin has garnered interest from NGO’s due to it being simple, multi-functional and compact. You simply do your laundry during the day and bring it in your home at night. Request for more LightPins are faster than we can deliver and we are now developing ways to mass produce with plans for global distribution.