Monthly Newsletter: February 2009

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D.light Design ( is a lighting and power company that delivers affordable and high quality solutions to serve families living without adequate electricity. Our mission is to replace every kerosene lantern in the world to provide everyone access to a basic human need: 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.

D.light Selected for Globe Forum's Sustainable Innovator 100 List

We are pleased to announce that D.light has been selected for Globe Forum's Sustainable Innovator 100 List for 2009! Sustainable Innovators are recognized as cutting-edge companies that are offering the most exciting innovations around the world and are considered the most likely to succeed. Sustainable Innovators are invited to attend Globe Forum's annual conference in June in Stockholm, Sweden, at which one company will be elected as the Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Entrepreneur.  Visit Globe Forum's website to learn more about their efforts to support social enterprises.

Applications Still Being Accepted for the D.light Fellows Program

The next deadline for our Fellows Program is coming up quickly on March 1! If you haven't already, check out the fellowships that are being offered in our field offices around the world. We guarantee that all fellows will gain meaningful hands-on experience in growing and building a cutting-edge social enterprise. Please visit our website to learn more and to download an application.

We are currently recruiting for the following fellows:

  • Business Development (India)
  • Photography Fellowship (Global)


Welcome to New D.light Team Members!

The growth continues... we're pleased to welcome more team members in Tanzania and India!

East Africa Staff

Stella Rose Byabato
Office Manager    


Honoratha Lyimo




 India Staff

Jaiprakash Likhite
Institutional Sales Manager 

Amit Kumar Srivastava
Area Sales Officer




Mayukh Choudhury

Swati Saraf



D.light is Hiring!

Aside from the Fellows Program, D.light is hiring for permanent positions in all three of our offices in India, China, and Tanzania. As our company grows, we are seeking more and more professionals with 10 or more years of experience in areas of management, finance, manufacturing, and sales. Please help us spread the word about the following available positions:

  • Accounts Officer (India)
  • Sales Coordinator (India)
  • Senior Accounts Manager (India)
  • Operations Manager (Tanzania)
  • Director of Operations (China)
  • Financial Controller (China)

For a detailed description of each of these positions, please visit the Careers page of our website.

Featured Video: D.light Salesman Joseph Mutashopya Demonstrates the Solata to a Massai Woman in Tanzania

Featured Customer Story: Nepal Singh, Farmer in India

Nepal Singh, a farmer and father of two school-aged children in Uttar Pradesh, shares the following with us:

We decided to buy the D.light Nova when I found that my brother was using it and it was good – it was safe to use, there is no pollution, so it doesn’t make your clothes or your house black. 

We see improvements in all areas of our life since using the D.light Nova. We use the Nova from early in the morning till late at night. We use the light to work, cook, eat, socialize, and for our children to study. Before the Nova, we used to need two kerosene lamps to do all these and spent 250 rps per month on kerosene oil. There has been cost-savings since we started using the Nova.

This is the main improvement for my family – when we were sleeping with the kerosene lamp, it gave out a lot of soot. We used to spit out soot in the morning. We now keep the Nova’s bedlight function on through the night and our health problems have stopped.

7 year old Sumit studies by
a kerosene lantern...

... as compared to studying with
a D.light Nova.