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An interview with Tsveta

Welcome to WeShape, Little Sun! We are very happy that we can now support you together with companies and their employees in bringing light into the world.
This week, Tsveta Stoeva reports on the Little Sun organisation, dedicated to providing people in sub-Saharan Africa with solar lamps.

Dear Tsveta, please introduce Little Sun to our readers.

Hello! We're Little Sun and since 2012, we have distributed over 1.2 million personal solar devices to students, refugees, teachers, and community health workers. We are also committed to telling the story of solar and using the power of our voice to move the world towards clean energy. The organization was founded by the contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson and the engineer Frederik Ottesen.

How did the idea of your project come about, how did it develop?

Little Sun started as a simple idea to create a small, portable, solar lamp for people living without electricity in Ethiopia. We began as a social enterprise, selling solar devices around the world with the aim of raising funds to make solar lights and chargers available in energy-impoverished rural communities in Africa at affordable prices, where they could provide a clean alternative to toxic and expensive fuel-based lighting.

Together with our partners, our work has expanded to further education, health, food security, and economic development in Africa. We also work with cultural institutions and artists all over the world to bring solar into people’s everyday lives. Our goal is to reach millions of people to join together in bringing light to the world.

What drives you every day, what are you passionate about?

Provide the 600 million people who live off the grid in Sub-Saharan Africa with access to clean energy and help solve climate change.

If you had to name in 3 to 4 key words, in which areas you change the world for the better, what would these three words be?

  • Climate change
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Solar

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

If you want to see more from us, you can check our most recent campaign Reach for the Sun. Its aim is to enable personal engagement and help solve climate change by providing everyone with free animated illustrations created by the talented Berlin-based artist Diana Ejaita.

To support #ReachForTheSun, you can head over to our digital toolkit at , choose the social media platform you use most often, and download the artwork.

And voila! You’re now fully equipped to share your passion for solar with your family and friends ☀️❤️💪


Thank you for these exciting insights. We are happy that we can support you together with the staff! If you want to know more, you can find detailed information here on the website of Little Sun.