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Have a sustainable summer with Mifuko and Little Sun and help us bring light to women groups in Kenya!

This summer, Mifuko collaborates with german company Little Sun for a special mission. From July 15 to August 15,  every 20 € spent in our webshop will bring one Little Sun solar lamp to one of the women in Kenya. At the same time, every Little Sun’s Original solar lamp sold in Little Sun’s webshop will do the same.

Little Sun is a German based global project and business which aims to bring clean and affordable energy to the 1,1 billion people in the world living off-grid. It was founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen in 2012. Since it’s official launch at London’s Tate Modern in 2012, more than 500,000 Little Sun lamps have been distributed worldwide, with half going to off-grid areas. Little Sun’s product, a handy solar lamp which you can hang around your neck, offers 4 hours of bright light or 10 hours of soft light with 5 hours of charging in the sun.

Mifuko’s artisan women are part of those 1,1 billion people that live without electricity. In rural Kenya, as in many areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, people suffer from a lack of clean lighting sources. So close to the equator the sun sets early in the day, between 6 and 7 pm all year round. Without access to lighting sources, the structure of entire communities is affected. Education levels drop, as children cannot study after sunset. Working hours are limited to daytime and income is reduced. Medical care, such as delivering babies at night, becomes more dangerous to provide. The quality of time together cooking and socialising is compromised.

For the women creating the Mifuko baskets, this means doing all their household chores as well as baskets during daytime. Otherwise they have to use unhealthy, dangerous kerosene lamps to continue working after sunset.

Together, Mifuko and Little Sun want to bring Little Sun Original solar lamps to the women’s group in Kenya, giving them the chance to focus on making the baskets during the day and do household chores in the evenings with the help of their solar light. Additionally, their children will be able to study, not risking burning themselves or inhaling dangerous smoke from kerosene lamps anymore.

Together with you, we want to provide lamps to all our 650 artisan women in rural Kenya. Visit Mifuko's webshop and find Little Sun’s webshop from here:

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