Location Caapiranga, AM
Grantee 2016
Attended areas Socioeconomic Development

Iluminando Amazonas

Providing Affordable and Sustainable Lighting for Families Without Access to Electricity

According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, more than 715,000 Brazilian families are not connected to the electric grid. In the state of Amazonas, some 5,600 rural communities lack regular access to electricity. Candles, diesel generators, and kerosene lanterns are the most common sources of light, and put the health of families and the environment at risk.

Um Litro de Luz is an initiative established in 21 countries to create economic and sustainable light sources for communities without access to electricity. Through a special technology, natural light can be utilized inside recycled plastic water bottles as the light sources. This project will provide an energy solution to riverside families in Caapiranga, with a focus on schools and public spaces.

With support from BrazilFoundation, Um Litro de Luz plans to:

• Install 350 light posts and 200 street lights in the region;
• Train approximately 1,000 residents to install the technology;
• Providing lighting for 10 schools in the city, benefiting more than 3000 students.

Impact

8,000 people given access to affordable, sustainable light sources
Riverside community residents harnessing sunlight to light their homes and public spaces
10 schools and 3,000 students gaining light sources

“We aim to create a world in which every child can read a book at home and where light is not only for those who can pay.” Vitor Belota, President – Um Litro de Luz Brasil

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