Monthly Newsletter: March 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.

Give Light Program Update: New Fundraising Partnership with Beyond Solar

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Beyond Solar, a US-based NGO, through our Give Light Program. A few months ago, Beyond Solar piloted a very successful financing model with us, in which extremely low income families in the Indian state of Orissa were able to purchase one of our Nova products with a small down payment and affordable weekly repayments thereafter. All repayments are then collected into a local fund, which goes directly towards supporting community development projects for that village.

Our goal is to raise USD45,000 in 2009, which will make bright, dependable, and life-changing light available for hundreds more families. Will you consider making a donation today? Please visit the Give Light Program on our website to learn more and to contribute.

Fellows Program Update: First Round Success & New Fellowship Opportunities

We had a tremendous response to our initial application round for the Fellows program! Nearly 150 extremely talented individuals from Asia, Europe, and the US applied for the six positions available. We are glad to see the growing interest and excitement among young professionals for D.light and the social enterprise sector!

New opportunities with our Fellows Program are now available in our India office. The deadline to apply is April 15, so please consider applying and help us spread the word! Please visit our website to read the full position descriptions and to download an application. We are currently recruiting for the following Fellows:

  • Carbon Credits Fellow (India)
  • Graphic Design Fellow (India)

Field Update: Marketing Campaigns in India & Tanzania

As sales ramp up in both India and Tanzania, our local sales staff are busy with various marketing campaigns and road shows. Here are some photos from the road, including one of CEO Sam Goldman engaging in some hands-on sales in India!

Sales staff Abbas makes the pitch for the Solata in Tanzania

Mwanza, a happy customer, walks away with his own Solata

The Sales Team in front of their marketing bus

A D.light marketing van travels around rural India
Comparing our products to the dim light of a kerosene lantern
Sam gets in on the act


Welcome to New D.light Team Members!

And the growth continues in all of our offices... Welcome to these new members of the D.light family!

East Africa Staff

Namkaha M. Namkaha
Rural Sales Promoter
Tefu Paul Magiri
Zonal Sales Lake


Machera Sorongai
Zone Sales Coordinator North

Bernadetha Thobias
Zone Sales Coordinator Lake



India Staff

Ramesh Dhabade
Area Sales Officer 

Vinay Kumar Pandey
Area Sales Executive




Greg Nolan
Legal Intern

Mehek Sharma
Product Design Intern


China Staff

Lawrence Lam
Director of Operations




Featured Customer Story: Mr. Said, Shopkeeper in Tanzania

Mr. Said is a shopkeeper who has electricity in his shop. However, his family does not have any electricity at home and used to rely on kerosene wicks and lamps. He bought a Solata for home use so that his children could study at night. His family is so satisfied with the Solata that Mr. Said is in the process of buying another Solata to replace the kerosene lamp in the kitchen.

Each Solata that replaces a kerosene lamp saves him up to 60,200 Tsh/yr (USD 47), which is significant in a country where the average household income is 512,000 Tsh per year (USD 400) (Worldbank, 2007).