I feel that light is important whether it’s after a disaster, even if you are relying on an unstable electricity grid.
Because it helps people be more productive in their own daily lives and in the case of disasters, it helps them get back to normal.
It was just after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and like everyone else, we were watching the stories about people who were struggling.We wanted to think about what we could design that would help.
My name is Andrea Sreshta and this is Anna.And we are the inventors of inflatable solar light and co-founders of LuminAID, portable solar lighting for humanitarian aid and camping.
The way LuminAID technology works is there’s a solar panel that can be charged in the sun.They all pack flat and have adjustable handles and then the idea is you blow them up and the solar panel is connected to a rechargeable battery and LED lights.
This is actually a version of our lights that also charges phones and all of our lights are waterproof and they float and everything weighs under 250 grams.
There have been moments over the past five years where we’ve heard from different people who have used our lights or customers that made me realize what we were doing was even that much more impactful than I could have ever really imagined.
I figured my whole life I’d probably be sitting in front of a computer regardless of what type of job I was doing.
But I didn’t realize that in addition to that I could ever be a part of something where I had created something that would be used in places that I may never go or situations that I may never understand.
And it made me feel like whatever I was doing at the time was scaling in a way that we wanted our business,our company and our products to have an impact.
We believe that light is really important. Being able to charge your phone, connect to loved ones, check in on news especially in post emergency situations.
It’s so crucial to be able to connect to just a wider network of communication.So we’re always trying to figure out ways to improve the technology for next time or make it so it charges faster.So that’s been very rewarding for us.