Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Lighting Up The Future In Sub-Saharan Africa

We’ve collaborated with Little Sun to donate solar-powered lamps to children without access to electric light

By hannah rochell 
5 august 2021

65% of schools in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to energy. No lights, no computers, no communications. What’s more, hundreds of millions of school children in Africa live in homes without basic electricity. This means they are unable to study at night, are less likely to stay in school, less likely to graduate, and less likely to get jobs that can help pull their families out of poverty. It’s an issue that’s especially true for girls. 

#TOGETHER ❤ Little Sun

To celebrate our focus on Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, we’ve teamed up with Little Sun to make a difference to the future of these children. For every pair of sunglasses we sell from our special edition #TOGETHER ❤ Little Sun range of yellow frames, we will donate a Little Sun solar lamp to a child in sub-Saharan Africa ​​to spark their imagination and help them learn their lessons and do their homework..

Girls with Little Sun lamps in Ethiopia

image: Alemayehu Seifeselassie

How the lamps help

The lamps - which are based on the Ethiopian Adey flower, a national symbol of positivity and beauty - help children in communities that don’t have access to electric light to study at home after dark. Each lamp lights 1,200 additional hours of study time for students and saves families $250 in household expenses over the lifespan of the lamp, while making children’s homes healthier and less dangerous.

School children with Little Sun lamps in Tanzania

Solar power for the future

Little Sun is a nonprofit founded in 2012 by contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen. The organisation has helped provide clean power and light to over 3.2 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who would not otherwise have access to it. This has enabled 58 million additional study hours for children, saved households $150 million in expenses, and helped reduce CO2 emissions by 800,000 metric tons. By working with local entrepreneurs, Little Sun has also helped create thousands of local jobs, and generated local profits for rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly for women.

You can help more people in sub-Saharan Africa build the thriving lives they deserve, and help us all towards reaching universal access to clean energy. Buy a pair of our #TOGETHER ❤ Little Sun yellow sunglasses and for every pair sold, we will donate one Little Sun solar lamp to people living without access to electricity.

100% of profits from the sales of #TOGETHER products go to charities that advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more here.

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