Portable Light

Empower People.

The Portable Light Project enables people in the developing world to create and own energy harvesting textiles, providing the benefits of renewable power as an integral part of everyday life.

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World map of Portable Light.


Brazil (developed 2011, launched 2012 ).
Focus on remote Amazon River Communities where the PL mobile energy and cell phone charging platform expands local sustainable forest industries and conservation practices. View project

Haiti (FLAP Project , proposed 2010, launched 2012).
Focus on support for travelling nurses in backcountry regions of Haiti. Pilot project coordinated by NGO Maison de la Naissance, who provides vital medical care to pregnant women and babies and small children. View project

Kenya (FLAP Project, proposed 2010).
Focus on flat-to-form patterning and adaption of Portable Light FLAP bags by tailor businesses in Nairobi. Erik Hersman, founder of Ushahidi, led the field testing of FLAP bags in Kenya. View project

Nicaragua (ongoing since 2009).
Focus on support of coastal conservation work by women in rural villages along the pacific Isthmus where PL is used as a conservation tool that also supports education and business training at home. View project

Venezuela (2009 pilot project, ongoing ).
Focus on providing portable light and energy to Fundación Proyecto Maniapure doctors, who provide medical care in Panare indigenous communities in the Amazon region of Maniapure, Bolivar. View project

South Africa (2008-2010, ongoing).
Focus on energy harvesting blankets for the iTEACH program in Kwa Zulu Natal. Patients with MDR TB and AIDS create energy and access medical information through the iTEACH SMS datacenter. View project

Mexico (2007- 2010).
Focus on the integration of PL in woven bags in a remote Huichol community of the Sierra Madre region. In collaboration with cultural anthropologist Dr. Stacy Schafer. View project

Mexico (ongoing since 2006).
Focus on providing portable light for semi-nomadic indigenous Huichol people in the Sierra Madre, in collaboration with the NGO Centro Huichol. View project