Notes from the Field: Distributing Lights to Children with AIDS in Kenya

Notes from the Field: Distributing Lights to Children with AIDS in Kenya

July 26, 2016

Earlier this year, we donated lights to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS. The organization has been working with children infected and affected by AIDS and their guardians since 2005, as well as with hospitals and clinics who care for these young ones. Read more about how donated lights illuminated lives in Kenya.

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5 Things NOAA Suggests For Your Hurricane Emergency Kit Plus 1 They Forgot

5 Things NOAA Suggests For Your Hurricane Emergency Kit Plus 1 They Forgot

July 25, 2016

Hurricanes throw an incredible amount of energy at us. With extreme winds and massive amounts of water, they can quickly put you and your family in an emergency situation. That’s why it’s so important for you to have an emergency kit you can count on in the worst of emergencies.

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Notes From the Field: Himalayan Stove Project

Notes From the Field: Himalayan Stove Project

July 21, 2016

Last November, LuminAID partnered with the Himalayan Stove Project, a US Based humanitarian and philanthropic program, to help them distribute lights in Nepal after the earthquake. This is their story.

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Winning Tom’s Shoes Contest

Winning Tom’s Shoes Contest

July 11, 2016

In May, LuminAID traveled to Las Vegas for Tom Shoes’ Pitch for Good Competition, along with six other finalists. The competition focused on startups who share a vision of a better tomorrow. LuminAID impressed the judges with their mission and social impact, and ultimately won first place!

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Best of our June Campground Review Contest

Best of our June Campground Review Contest

July 05, 2016

This June we partnered with The Dyrt to make the experience of finding a campground better. To improve the camping experience, we gave away $50 gift cards to the top 10 campsite reviewers in Florida. With June behind us, we want to highlight some of our favorite reviews from our contest. At the same time, we want to remind you: we have three more contests this summer.

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Aid through Adventure by Champions for Change

Aid through Adventure by Champions for Change

June 30, 2016

Down rough roads and over mountains, they traveled long miles to reach thousands of Nepalese families in need. Adventurers for Change knew they had the power and passion for change. This week, LuminAID is proud to congratulate the Adventurers for Change team for reaching the epicenter of last year’s quake and distributing much needed energy aid to so many families along the way!

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NOTES FROM THE FIELD: The Trip of a Lifetime to Nepal

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: The Trip of a Lifetime to Nepal

June 15, 2016

The latest installment in our Notes from the Field series comes from Kristen Ragazzo, an elementary school teacher who's lifelong dream has been to travel to Nepal. After last year's devastating earthquake, Kristen and her husband coordinated a trip to distribute LuminAID lights to communities that are still in need and shares the impact of the lights below: 

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Welcome to the Team, Emil!

Welcome to the Team, Emil!

May 03, 2016

We’re excited to announce that experienced sales executive Emil Heidkamp has joined the LuminAID Team! With wide-ranging experience in consumer products sales from startups to Fortune 500s, Emil is excited to bring his expertise to a small business perspective. With Emil as a part of the LuminAID Team, we’re looking forward to expanding our impact in retail and beyond.

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Our Experience During the 2011 Japan Earthquake

Our Experience During the 2011 Japan Earthquake

March 16, 2016

On March 11, 2011, the country of Japan experienced one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded. By total coincidence, Anna and Andrea were on a school trip in Tokyo at the time. By the end of the trip, the were inspired to further develop what would become the LuminAID.

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LuminAID's Year in Review

LuminAID's Year in Review

February 22, 2016

One year ago, co-founders Anna and Andrea walked into the Shark Tank and introduced LuminAID to the world. It’s hard to believe how much we’ve grown in the last year. None of this could have happened without the incredible energy of our supporters. We want to share with you everything that your support has empowered us to accomplish!

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Notes from the Field: Distributing Lights to Mayan Women in Guatemala

Notes from the Field: Distributing Lights to Mayan Women in Guatemala

February 20, 2016

In January, we partnered with the organization, Finding Freedom Through Friendship, to distribute lights to Mayan women in Guatemala. Jody Greenlee, Executive Director, and LynnAnn Murphy, a volunteer, tell their story of how the lights changed lives in Guatemala.

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Notes from the Field: Co-founder edition

Notes from the Field: Co-founder edition

January 03, 2016

When Anna and Andrea were attaching batteries and solar panels together to make the first solar inflatable lanterns in their kitchen, the two graduate students knew little about how far their lights would go. 5 years later, the little idea of the LuminAID light found its way to Malawi in southeast Africa, to help families whose houses has been destroyed by extreme flooding. Anna and Andrea had the opportunity to help out, and see the impact of LuminAID lights in person -- for the first time.

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LuminAID takes on the Tank

LuminAID takes on the Tank

December 01, 2015

Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork, co-founders of Chicago-based LuminAID present their solar powered inflatable light invention to the distinguished panel of potential investors known as “the sharks” on ABC’s "Shark Tank"

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Shining Light on Nepal: Give Light, Get Light Update from UNFPA and LuminAID

Shining Light on Nepal: Give Light, Get Light Update from UNFPA and LuminAID

November 21, 2015

Thank you!  The response to our Give Light Nepal campaign was overwhelming, and we far exceeded our donation goal.  Thanks to your support, we were able to partner with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to distribute 1000 solar lights to women and girls in need following the earthquakes in Nepal.  Through their 'Female Friendly Spaces' program, UNFPA Nepal has provided needed LuminAID lights to women and children left vulnerable after the earthquakes in Nepal earlier this year. 

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Notes from the Field: Renee St. Jacques Shares Light in Cameroon

Notes from the Field: Renee St. Jacques Shares Light in Cameroon

November 11, 2015

The latest installment in our Notes from the Field series comes from Renee St. Jacques, a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. Renee recently coordinated the distribution of lights in her village, and shares how LuminAID lanterns have helped provide light for families who cannot afford electricity, and encouraged educational prospects for children in the village.

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Summer Eco-Friendly Updates

Summer Eco-Friendly Updates

October 09, 2015

As summer turns to fall, you may be thinking about updating your home décor. As you start sprucing up, keep these eco-friendly updates in mind that will make your live easier, and give the environment a break too. Guest post by Modernize writer Kelsey Reaves.

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Update From the Field: Lighting the Way for Syrian Refugees in Greece

Update From the Field: Lighting the Way for Syrian Refugees in Greece

September 22, 2015

The Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM), a volunteer-based NGO from Seattle, is working to provide needed help and supplies to refugees who have crossed the perilous Mediterranean and finally arrive -- largely without supplies -- in Greece.  As the refugees continue their journey with limited access to necessities, lightweight and waterproof LuminAID solar lights mean that access to light at least is always in hand.

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LuminAID Announces $100K Chase Mission Main Street Grant

LuminAID Announces $100K Chase Mission Main Street Grant

September 18, 2015

LuminAID is proud to announce selection as one of 20 American small business owners to receive a $100,000 Mission Main Street Grant from JP Morgan Chase! Thank you to all of our supporters who have helped us along the way. This funding will help us expand LuminAID and our projects worldwide. We have so many people to thank!

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Notes from the Field: Hannah Marqusee, Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal

Notes from the Field: Hannah Marqusee, Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal

September 02, 2015

The latest installment in our Notes from the Field series comes from Hannah Marqusee, a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. Hannah recently coordinated the distribution of donated lights from the Give Light, Get Light program, and shares how LuminAID lanterns have helped students in the village continue their studies, and have provided a safe lighting alternative to candles and kerosene as the village looks to rebuild. 

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PackLite 16: Revamped

PackLite 16: Revamped

August 20, 2015

The latest and greatest PackLite 16 is here, featuring a charging indicator, amped-up LEDs, thicker TPU, and a longer-lasting battery.

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Summer Weekend Bucket List

Summer Weekend Bucket List

August 13, 2015

Summer weekends are great for some well-deserved refresh and relaxation. How will you be enjoying your last few summer weekends? The LuminAID Team offers their favorite ideas.

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Shark Tank Happy Hour + 5 Events Not To Miss At Outdoor Retailer

Shark Tank Happy Hour + 5 Events Not To Miss At Outdoor Retailer

August 03, 2015

We are excited to be hosting a happy hour this year at Outdoor Retailer along with some of our friends! 

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Notes from the Field: Bringing Light to the Rural Artisans of Madagascar

Notes from the Field: Bringing Light to the Rural Artisans of Madagascar

July 22, 2015

The latest installment in our Notes from the Field series comes from Ian Gorecki, who a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar.  Ian recently coordinated the distribution of LuminAID lights to artisans in the Androy region of Madagascar, and shares the impact the lights have had on this community.  In an area with limited resources and infrastructure, LuminAID lights have brightened prospects for the women of Tsimankiarake, Madagascar.

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Shelterbox and LuminAID: Disaster Relief Shines on 'Shark Tank'

Shelterbox and LuminAID: Disaster Relief Shines on 'Shark Tank'

July 11, 2015

UK-based charity ShelterBox is always on the lookout for products that will help in the world’s disaster zones. Ingenious ‘luminAID’ provides lighting and security where power lines are down – and it also provided a light bulb moment on the US version of Dragon’s Den.

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