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HELIO Non-Profit Spotlight: Global Brightlight Foundation

March 28, 2018
By Jarrod Whaley

Our non-profit of the week is Global Brightlight Foundation. GBF provides practical, affordable, solar energy solutions to rural communities in Peru and Guatemala that currently lack access to electricity.

GBF's CEO Ben Bunker explains their mission thusly:

By harnessing the power of the sun, we can provide light and power to those without reliable access to energy. This saves families money, improves their health, safety, and educational outcomes.

Through the funding of our successful HELIO Kickstarter Campaign, Global Brightlight Foundation was able to light up an entire village in Guatemala with safe, sustainable, and reliable access to light and power.

The village of El Porvenir lies about 60 miles away from the nearest city with electricity. Their residents are mostly farmers, growing the spice cardamom. These 50 families are of the Kekchi indigenous group and speak a unique language that traces its roots to the ancient Mayans.

Each and every family in El Porvenir now has: 1,800 additional hours of study time per year Significant annual savings on candles, kerosene, batteries and cell phone charging per year Better air quality Less personal risk from dangerous fires, burns, and fumes

To learn more about the tremendous social good impact of the El Porvenir solar project, visit Global Brightlight Foundation's project page

A little light can make a world of difference. On behalf of everyone here at Makers4Good, we thank our backers and customer for brightening the lives of others!