We are a Mexican organization, part of the international Liter of Light movement. Our goal is to provide an ecological and economically sustainable source of lighting, using recycled plastic PET bottles, which we call solar lamps or light bottles.
This project was specifically designed for disadvantaged homes that do not have access to affordable lighting, and others that need new lighting alternatives.
The “light bottle” is filled with water is installed on the roof of the house and it provides the equivalent of a 55 watt incandescent bulb, with an average life of 5 years. It is simple, economical and with no CO2 emissions.
The initiative was born in the Philippines, thanks to the improvement of some work already done by My Shelter Foundation and researchers from the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
In Mexico, we were born within Fundación Qohélet, an institution with a long history of social work in Mexico, where our founders, Tere González and Benjamín Córdova, developed the vision and values that define us today.
The strengths of our chapter in Mexico are its deeply human, instructing and binding vision; and the strengthening of the strategies of other Liter of Light cells’ strategies, in Latin America.
Currently, we also use solar technology, solar panels and LED lamps developed in Mexico, to illuminate both houses and public places during the night.
In 2012, while Tere holds a master's degree at the Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain, she decides to explore the Liter of Light initiative.
After a number of feedbacks with Ben, they agree to launch a pilot program in the Cañada Real on the outskirts of Madrid. Tere's determination and the spiritual support provided by all those who trusted in the indomitable vision of Fundación Qohélet, inspired the program to a first success story.
Subsequently, Liter of Light Mexico and Liter of Light Switzerland created and trained the India volunteerism group, in the city of Hyderabad. This would become the first of the dozens of projects that will be developed with support from our chapter.
We want to mention our allies, who allow us to grow, research and sustainably develop, without the need for a donation scheme.
Our institution receives direct investment from allies such as Pepsico and companies committed to the environment, determined to invest in the training of its employees and provide them with significant experience, through the installations performed in those communities that are part of the market target environment of its products and that are benefited with the installations of Liter of Light Mexico
Currently, Tere González has been recognized by the UN as one of the 17 young leaders who represent the Sustainable Development Goals. Liter of Light has direct impact on objectives 7 (affordable and non-polluting energy), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), 10 (reduction of inequalities), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 13 (climate action) and 17 (alliances to achieve objectives).
It is essential to mention two allies that are key to understanding the vision of Liter of Light Mexico; CanDo and Cáritas. Through these partnerships, CanDo links us with the social business ecosystem, being our main advisor to promote strategies within the next 3 years. Cáritas links us with the most marginalized communities and provides us with its institutional network to introduce the project, even in places of greater risk.
As a volunteer: Participate in the installations in your region or with the base team of Liter of Light México and its local partners. All hands are welcome; your support will be unvaluable in the area that you can best apply your talent.
As a contributor: Unite your institution, association or collective to the Liter of Light network in our country. If you, as a group, are interested in carrying out this project, we can train you to develop your own cell and share the task of illuminating more homes. By joining forces we can achieve more and better results.
As a patron: Contributing, according to your possibilities, financial resources or in kind on a personal basis, so that the project reaches more people in need. We believe in the power of micro-patronage and every cooperation, however small, is very valuable to us. Of course, it will be used with complete honesty and gratitude.
As a sponsor: Supporting the project with economic or in-kind resources on behalf of your company or foundation to benefit more families with the work of Liter of Light. All contributions are of great value to our project, their management will always be transparent and translated into tangible results.