Moxie shines a "Little Sun" on off-the-grid Pacific communities

17 February 2014

Moxie Communications is the NZ partner for Little Sun, a social enterprise that addresses the need for sustainable, renewable light sources in off-grid communities. Join Moxie’s Flashmob and shine a Little Sun on communities in need.

Little Sun lamps are a high-quality solar-powered LED lamp in the shape of a hand-sized sun. Created by Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen, Little Suns have formed the foundation of a social business, addressing the need for light in a sustainable way that benefits off-grid communities, creates local jobs, and generates local profits.

Nearly 1.6 billion people worldwide and thousands of families in the Pacific Region have no access to electric light. To have light at night, many of these people use kerosene lamps, which provide very little light, give off toxic fumes, and are a major fire and health hazard.

Light allows people to work, study, cook and socialise after nightfall. The Little Sun project allows people who live in challenging conditions to extend their daily activities without using toxic fuel-based lighting such as kerosene.

Moxie’s goal is to make sure Little Sun is available to our Pacific neighbours. Every Little Sun sold makes a difference. Buying a Little Sun at the regular price makes it possible for Little Suns to be sold in off-grid areas at much lower prices.

“It’s a fantastic concept – people just get it instantly and love its simplicity. We’ve been blown away by the level of support that has been offered already from organisations like VSA, Spinning Top, Rural Women NZ and Sustainable Business Network,” says Frances Manwaring, Moxie Managing Director.

“When you think that a family in Samoa might spend around 15 tala a week on kerosene lamps, for around 120 – 135 tala (we’re still working on the details with the Samoan Women in Business Network) they will be able to buy three healthy, safe Little Suns to shine light on their lives for three years, and save 2,000 tala, it’s not difficult to get behind this,” she says.

Moxie has two simple aims:

  • To sell as many Little Suns as possible to support off-grid communities all over the world.
  • To stimulate specific and sustainable projects which make Little Suns available in off-grid communities in the Pacific Region.

Every Little Sun sold makes a difference. A Flashmob, held in Wellington on Saturday 22 February is the first in a series of events Moxie is staging to raise awareness about the issues facing families and communities in off-grid parts of our Pacific Region.  

You can find more information about Little Sun here. If you are based in Wellington, you can join the Little Sun Flashmob on Saturday 22 February. Meet up at Frank Kitts Park at 8.45pm to go through the ‘moves’ before the performance at 9.30pm outside the TSB Arena.