Let there be light - How one start up brightens poor communities.

Turning on the light at home at night so you can see what you are doing is something we often take for granted in developed nations, whereas there are millions of people around the world who do not have access to electricity. Enter the SALt lamp...

Take 1 glass of water and 2 tablespoons of salt and what do you get? A sustainable and economical way to light up a home.

Philippine based co -founders Aisa and Raphael Mijeno developed SALt (Sustainable Alternative Living) after spending some time with some indigenous people in the Philippines where they were doing daily chores by kerosene lamp and moonlight

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Seeing a void to be filled in terms of a safe, sustainable and economical means of providing light to many people who do not have access to electricity, the SALt lamp was born. The Philippines has over 7000 islands with many people populating coastal areas. The county is also prone to natural disasters such as typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions etc making the SALt lamp an easy way for people to get light quickly using nearby saltwater.

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The galvanic battery is similar to a car battery, with 2 electrodes dipped into an electrolyte solution which is the saltwater. Connect the two electrodes with a wire, add a globe and you have a lamp.

The founders estimate the SALt lamp to run up to 8hrs per day with a life span of 6 months before the anodes need changing.

There is even a USB port on the side should it be required.

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This lamp has so much potential and would be great for camping and more. It has also won 7 sustainability and entrepreneurial awards in the past year!

Given its relative new presence in the market, mass production of the lamp will be by the first quarter of 2016. Asia and Raphael also plan to initially give almost 700 lamps to families in local tribes who do not have access to electricity. A great initiative to utilise something the planet has a lot of.. saltwater.

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