Alfredo Moser – a 67-year-old Brazilian – predicted his invention could change the world. Moser was born in Itajaí, a southern Brazilian city in the state of Santa Catarina, but it was in Uberaba, southeast of the country, that he had a brilliant idea which would change not only his life but also another 500,000 people’s lives – 12,000 of them in his own country. He noticed that, simply by filling a PET plastic bottle with water and bleach, it would be possible to bring light from an illuminated place to a dark one. This is how “Moser’s lamp” was born.
Moser’s lamp – which capacity of light is approximately 60 watts – became famous around the neighborhood (later, beyond the boundaries of Uberaba) when Brazil went through an energy crisis in the early 2000s.
The news was broadcasted internationally, finally reaching Philippine Illac Diaz’ ears. Founder and Executive Director of the NGO My Shelter Foundation, an organization which used to build houses with PET bottles, Diaz immediately realized the potential of Moser’s discovery. He proposed the inventor to bring his lamp to communities with no access to light all around the world.
My Shelter Foundation became Liter of Light and has implemented illumination solutions in over 15 countries across the continents of Africa, Asia, and South America. With an extra clarity: now the lamps use energy gathered from the sun to provide light to homes, schools, and streets even at night.
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Content published in June 24, 2019