Monthly Newsletter: June 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 Has a New Mission Statement & Tagline!

For those of you who have been looking carefully at our website and recent marketing materials, you may have noticed some changes in our mission statement and tagline. We're very pleased with our new mission and tagline, as we believe they appropriately convey the significant impact that D.light wants to have on the 1.6 billion people in the world who do not have access to electricity. This also reflects our desire to provide energy solutions beyond lighting for our customers. Here they are:

New Mission Statement:
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.

New Tagline:
A Brighter Future

Stay tuned for more exciting changes in the coming weeks as we continue to revamp our corporate look and feel!

Shell Foundation Partners with D.light to Support Work in India

Many thanks to Shell Foundation for their generous financial support to D.light! This funding will support innovative and complementary financing and market awareness activities to promote solar lighting, such as jumpstarting micro financing partnerships, and testing market education activities through grassrootst education campaigns. To read more about this partnership, please visit the press release page of our website.

We are exceedingly grateful to Shell Foundation for their generous support of our work!


Customer Photos from Tanzania, Courtesy of Theo Steemers

We're pleased to share with you some exceptional photos of customers in Tanzania. As sales ramp up in the East Africa region, there are more and more households there who are experiencing the very real benefits of having clean and bright light. We love seeing photos of customers using our products and generally just enjoying our products. These photos are courtesy of Theo Steemers, who is a professional photographer and the father of D.light East Africa's Managing Director Pepijn Steemers. These are some of our favorites; look for these and more to begin appearing on our various marketing materials! If you'd like to see more of Mr. Steemers' work, you can view his portfolio online.



Welcome to New D.light Team Members!

We're excited to share how we are bringing on more seasoned professionals, Fellows, and other talented staff. Join us in welcoming these individuals to the D.light family!

China Staff

John Ling
Director of New
Product Development

Wendy Wang
Logistics Coordinator

  Emily Luo


Rachel Wong
Accounting & Admin Assistant

Sabina Kwon
Finance Fellow



India Staff

Anshuman Avasthi
Area Sales Manager  

Kripa Nidhi
Area Sales Manager


Chitta Ranjan
Product Design Intern

Anay Shah
Business Development Fellow
  Mariette de Fourmeaux du Sartel
Carbon Credits Fellow / Business Development Fellow
  Sana Rao
Graphic Design Fellow

Anoj Viswanathan
Business Development Intern

Congratulations to Pepijn & Christine Steemers!

We are very happy to announce that Managing Director Pepijn Steemers and his wife Christine have welcomed a new member into their family! Kas Kakai Steemers was born on June 8, 2009. Mother and baby are both doing well. We expect another D.light baby to arrive in July to Logistics & Administration Manager Amanda Liu of the China office. We'll keep you posted on the exciting news!