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08/14/2015 06:13 pm ET | Updated Aug 17, 2015

Lamp Uses Saltwater To Bring Light To Impoverished Communities

Saving time, money and the planet.

 A Filipino brother and sister have engineered a product that will provide the country's off-the-grid communities with an affordable lighting solution.  

Aisa and Raphael Mijeno introduced a sustainable source of light and energy last year with their invention, SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting), a lamp that functions using saltwater and metal rods

Aisa, who works in the engineering department at De La Salle University in Lipa and is also a member of Greenpeace Philippines, said she was struck by the daily challenge that the Philippine’s rural population faces in accessing kerosene for their lamps.

“Most of these people are so poor and underprivileged that they endure long hours of walking just to get kerosene for their lamps,” Aisa told ABS-CBN news. One out of 50 households in the Philippines and over 1.5 billion people worldwide rely on kerosene lamps, according their video

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A family using a kerosene lamp

The lamp can run for eight hours with a daily saltwater refill, and changing the metal rods every six months is the only maintenance required. 

Approximately 1.1 billion people are living without  access to electricity, according to the World Bank , which attributes access to "affordable, reliable and sustainable energy" as crucial to ending poverty. 

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A cell phone charging on the SALt lamp's USB port

The SALt team told The Huffington Post they'll work with nonprofits to distribute the lamps to rural communities in the Philippines that don't have access to energy.  

SALt will make lights available to underprivileged families not supported by NGOs for about $20.

The team says the retail price for general consumers will be slightly higher -- and for every lamp sold, one will be donated to a family in need.  

The SALt lamp has earned the Mijeno's various accolades, including the Kotra Award at the Startup Nations Summit 2014 in South Korea, and Ideaspace 2014.  

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Raphael and Aisa Mijeno awarded at the World Startup Competition 2014 

Aspiring to empower the underprivileged rural population of the Philippines with their innovation, they state:

“This isn’t just a product. It’s a social movement.”

 

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