Light up Benin

Reducing dependence on dim, dirty and dangerous kerosene lanterns, by connecting solar lights with families in Benin.

d.light S20
Solar lantern
  • Integrated solar panel for simple and easy recharging
  • Provides 360-degree space lighting or focused light 
  • Much brighter, safer, and more efficient than a kerosene lamp
  • Two-year warranty & lifespan of 5+ years
d.light S20

This project has been completed.
Thank you to all who contributed.


Families in rural Benin are increasingly unable to afford kerosene for lighting, due to the rising cost of kerosene in neighbouring Nigeria, the main supplier of fuel to Benin. Kerosene consumes more than one third of household income, forcing families to cut into their budget for food and other basic expenses like school fees. As families struggle to conserve fuel, students are unable to study after dark. Kerosene fumes irritate eyes and cause respitatory problems, and the black carbon produced from burning kerosene contributes to global warming.

How we can help: 

By connecting solar lights with off-grid communities in Benin, families will gain access to clean, bright solar light at night. People will save money on kerosene, making it easier for them to afford other basic household expenses.

Who are we working with: 

The solar lights will reach families living on less than US$2 a day living in rural areas without access to electricity. 


Reaching Out for the Needy, our local partner, will lead the distribution of the solar lights.

Project timeframe: 
Six months
Location :
Reaching 2520 people
Local Partner Contribution: 

Non-financial contribution: Distribution and public awareness.

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product - d.light S20
Cost of technology
Transport costs
Wire transfer fee
Paypal/other payment processing fee
3.3% average based on average size of project and average donation amount
Kopernik 10%
Covers Kopernik's due diligence and project support costs
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies we ship for this project.

A huge Kopernik thank you to the 23 people who pitched in $5,988.53