The result was d.light, a social enterprise that sells affordable solar solutions that do everything from charging cell phones during the day to providing light at night, for customers in the U.S., South Asia, Africa and India.
d.light‘s positive global impact is truly staggering. To date, their solar solutions have created 31 billion productive hours for working and studying and helped customers save $5.0 billion in energy-related expenses – dramatically improving the quality of life for millions of people in the developing world.
Sam talks about how he turned his ‘bright idea’ into a scalable, global business: including why real-life storytelling was so crucial in his winning pitch to initial investors to the importance of being flexible, investing in good people and why ‘good is sometimes better than great’ when scaling a business globally.
What were you doing before you started d.light and what inspired you to launch a purpose-driven business?
I lived overseas my whole life. Both my parents worked for…a US government development organization.
So it was super clear to me that the only way to create large-scale change in developing countries was through capitalism. That was the big philosophical … turning point for me, from I’m a scientist doing good work to I need an MBA!
We built some prototypes and as our final project, we presented a solution for customers in Myanmar. We took these prototypes out to (Myanmar) and people would literally cry when we had to take the prototypes back.
energy is the fundamental thing holding back development for small businesses and families all over the world.
Did this post inspire you? Then please don’t let it stop there!
THANK YOU:-) You just made a positive impact, how easy was that?!