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Reducing Our Risk
Organization: LuminAID Lab
LuminAID designs and manufactures solar lighting products for humanitarian and disaster relief aid. Our first product—the LuminAID solar inflatable light—has been used by more than 150,000 people in 45 countries. LuminAID lights are lightweight, waterproof, and inflate to create a lantern that can be re-charged using the sun. The LuminAID solar light weighs just under 3 ounces and is affordable and easy to distribute in large numbers, making them ideal for use after disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods.
Our entry is focused on a particular case study where LuminAID lights were used to aid the people of Haiti in 2012 after the passing of Tropical (eventually, Hurricane) Storm Isaac. The affected population were those who were living in tent cities and informal settlements which developed almost two years prior after the 2010 earthquake. In this way, the earthquake and then storm represented a “one-two punch” for those living in these informal tent cities. We partnered with the NGO Can-Do.org to distribute 1000 lights to the affected area which was otherwise without electricity.