First, we want to send a big thank you to all our early customers out there who have given LuminAID Lab invaluable support and feedback. Over the past few months, LuminAID has launched an e-commerce site for domestic sales, continued the distribution of the 3,000+ donated lights from the IndieGoGo campaign to non-profts and NGOs in over 10 different countries, and made a few product refinements we are very excited to introduce in the next few weeks. LuminAID launched the e-commerce portion of the site in late May and within 8 weeks sold out of lights. A new version of the LuminAID light will be available this month. It has some nice additions that make it even more compact and easier to use. Stay tuned! For all pre-orders placed in August, the estimated shipment date is early September. If you’re interested in reading more about the background for the company, a blog article was recently published in the Huffington Post. It can be found here. Also, LuminAID was proud to be featured in the August 2012 issue of Popular Science magazine. Print and online articles have been incredibly helpful in promoting the social mission of LuminAID. Below are a few Give Light Projects with partner organizations that we wanted to share with everyone.
Haiti: CanDo.Org distributed LuminAID lights in Haiti. They shared this beautiful photo with us. We look forward to sending more lights to CanDo soon.
Uganda: Solar Sister distributed LuminAID lights in Uganda. Solar Sister is an inspiring organization founded by Katherine Lucey. Solar Sister empowers women by training them to sell and distribute solar products within their communities. They recently opened up their first store!
India: Anekal Village is located a little ways away from Bangalore, India. We visited Anekal Village last year with an earlier version of the LuminAID to get feedback and learn more about the lighting needs of the people in the village. We have since sent donated lights to the orphanage and really appreciate the help of the missions group to distribute the lights.
India: In a community project in Hyderabad, India to distribute LuminAID lights to various small-business owners to help them extend their working hours.