Monthly Newsletter: August 2009

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D.light Design is an international consumer products company delivering quality energy solutions to families living without adequate electricity. Our mission is to enable households without reliable electricity to attain the same quality of life as those with electricity. We will begin by replacing every kerosene lantern with clean, safe and bright light. D.light is financed by prestigious venture capital firms including Nexus India Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Garage Technology Ventures, Mahindra & Mahindra; with investment from leading social enterprise funds Acumen Fund and Gray Matters Capital.

Introducing D.light India COO Mandeep Singh

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Chief Operating Officer Mandeep Singh, who will be managing operations in our India office. Mandeep brings 18 plus years of rich experience, including 16 years in fast-moving consumer goods. He has previously managed the operations of strong brands such as Amul, Dhara, Kodak, Colgate-Palmolive & Duncans. He has proven experience with managing rural market expansion, start-ups, channel sales, operations, marketing and human resource. He has also overseen business-to-business & business-to-customer sales and distribution in consumer care, food, imaging, financial services and marketing services sectors.

Prior to joining D.light, Mandeep worked with Reed Elsevier’s Exhibition Business in India as COO, managing six business-to-business exhibition brands as independent profit centers. He was also responsible for mergers and acquisitions in India and was instrumental in acquiring two exhibition brands in India.

With regards to beginning his work with D.light, Mandeep says: "I am delighted to be part of D.light India and shall be pleased to work closely with the global team to build a formidable and customer friendly organization in India. My endeavor shall be to create a strong sales & service organization. I look forward to D.lightful and exciting times ahead."


New D.light Product Coming Soon!

You all know and love our existing products, the Nova Series and the Solata. We're very excited to share that D.light will soon be launching an entirely new product, based on months of extensive research and development by our Product Design team. This product will make life-changing light available to even more families around the world.

The product will launch first in India, with market tests in East Africa and around the world. Stay tuned to this newsletter and our website for the upcoming announcement!

 

Nova Mobile S200 Now Available on Amazon.com

You asked, and we answered. The world-renowned D.light Nova S200 (with mobile phone charging) is now available for purchase in the US through Amazon.com. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can place your order for one or more units and have them delivered straight to your doorstep!

The Nova sells for USD 45 with free shipping--significantly lower in cost than if you had to purchase and ship it directly from our China office. All proceeds from your purchase will go directly towards supporting D.light's expanding distribution in India, East Africa, and around the world.

 

Announcing Distributor Partnerships in Kenya and Uganda

We are pleased to share that we have established relationships with renowned distributors in both Kenya and Uganda. In Kenya, D.light products will be available through Brazafric Enterprises Limited; in Uganda, UltraTec will distribute our products. Both distributors will carry all models of our product line. To learn more, contact info@brazafric.com or visit www.ultratecworld.com.


Welcome to New D.light Team Members!

Join us in welcoming more talented and passionate individuals to the D.light family in all three offices!

China Staff

Sabrina Li
Sourcing Manager
 
Harry Wang
Human Resources Manager

  Jade Law
Engineering Administrator
       

                                                        

India Staff

Manish Gupta
Territory Sales in Charge  

Rahul Tripathi
Territory Sales in Charge

 

Shivendra Singh
Territory Sales in Charge

         
Aron Gelbard
Business Development Fellow
  Shweta Srivastava
Electrical Engineer Intern
 
         

East Africa Staff

Margreet Goedhart
Operations Manager



  Allan Mikidadi Mlenge
Technician

  Deogratius Theophil Luvega
Technician

         

Giliad Damian Mng'ong'o
Technician

  Lucy Mshanga
Office Manager

   


Field Report: More 100% Solar Villages in Orissa, India

Many of you may remember us reporting about a village called New Keringa in Orissa, India, in which all households in the entire village purchased a D.light Nova through our Give Light partnership with US NGO Beyond Solar. Now they're no longer the only one.

In partnership with Dr. Krishna Sapru and the Auro-Mira Service Society, D.light Novas were recently offered to primarily tribal caste households in the Koraput District of Orissa. The families could purchase the light, and if this was not affordable, were given the option to barter, work for, or pay in small monthly installments. As a result, two entire villages, consisting of over 600 people, are free from kerosene and are relying solely on their D.light lamps for light! Our India staff share with us: "This has led to a better standard of living in the area and the D.light solar lantern is now a significant status symbol."

We're happy to report that our partnership with AMSS continues. They are currently outreaching to additional villages in the area, with the goal of reaching 30 villages by the Diwali holiday in October. We'll keep you posted as more villages around the world become 100% solar!