Liter of Light Bangladesh is a research & innovation-based social enterprise researching to innovate Do-it-yourself solution to some vital problems in our society. Our projects revolve around renewable energy, clean water, menstrual hygiene, livelihood & micro-enterprising etc. We Innovate to Impact, We Innovate to Change the World.
Lighting up underprivileged lives free-of-cost, ensuring clean water for communities, providing menstrual hygiene solutions, bringing livelihood opportunities for the deprived, serving Rohingya refugees, building a plastic-free Bangladesh; these are the activities Liter of Light Bangladesh doing.
Innovation can sustainably solve any social problem, with that vision Shanjidul Alam started LOLBD back in 2015 which is researching & innovating to achieve United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, precisely SDG1, SDG6, SDG7, SDG7, SDG9, SDG11 & SDG17. Our
volunteer-run projects enable the young volunteer to design & make solutions that can solve peoples’ problems.
‘LightGiver’, is a project to lit up peoples’ lives free-of-cost. Our young volunteers make hundreds of solar lamps & streetlights using a small solar panel, used plastic bottles, bamboo, LED lights & small circuit materials. These lights are then distributed freely to electricity-deprived communities such as coastal areas, hill tract areas, islands, slum & refugee camps, etc.
SolarPreneur project trains underprivileged youth how to make solar lights, so that we can make lights and sell them to earn a livelihood.
MyPad project, we train women on how to make sanitary pads with used clothes using sewing kits at home. Also, we run clothed reusable sanitary pads making training and production line with underprivileged women.
Project Bishuddha Pani (purified water) offers a free-of-cost water purification system in the school, madrasa, mosque, and similar social community places.
We started our innovative programs in the world’s largest Rohingya refugee camp to make clean energy accessible & provide livelihood opportunities. We are now focusing on project implementation to achieve livelihood goals for millions of Rohingya people and the host community. Rohingya people are getting training on solar lamp making, sanitary pad making as our livelihood skills. We are now expanding similar kinds of programs in camp and host as the innovative approach & the impact is attracting International Organizations like ACTED, CNRS, and UN Agencies such as WFP, IOM, UNHCR & UN Women.
We so far lit up more than 55000 peoples’ lives directly, made 3000 SolarPreneur. Installed dozens of water purification systems free-of-cost that ensuring clean water to more than 10,000 people, trained hundreds of farmers on YardFishing technology for their livelihood, trained hundreds of women on reusable pad making.
Within 2021, as per our lined up programs with different organizations, we are aiming to provide around 1,00,000 solar lamps & streetlights that will serve around 3,00,000 people, make 2000 solar entrepreneurs from Rohingya & host community who can support their families.
Though our core focus is now on the Rohingya refugee context, our 2021 plan is set for Project LightGiver, we will lit up at least 5 communities every month free-of-cost with volunteer-made solar lamps & streetlights with the CSR support from a local FMCG company.
Shanjidul was inspired by a YouTube video on water bottle lamps in 2015. He kept his organization name similar to a global movement ‘Liter of Light’, but we are independently working to innovate many solutions.