Founder of Pisco de Luz
The reality of a historic Quilombola community in the region of Chapada dos Veadeiros, in the state of Goiás, was the main driver of the project. For generations, residents of the region have had no access to electricity. This limits their daily productivity and social interactions and exposes them to various risks, such as animal attacks and breathing hazardous fumes from diesel oil lamps. These lamps, which they use to illuminate their homes at night have been the cause of a number of household fires in which families have lost everything they had.
Confronted with this scenario, we developed a low-cost solar-powered lighting system to install in their homes. The solar kits consist of wires, LED lamps, a solar panel and a controller. The system also allows the monitoring of energy use through an app. The goal is to give local residents the autonomy to install and maintain these kits independently.
Our solar energy model can also be easily replicated in other remote communities that still live without electricity. Pisco de Luz continues to welcome donations from individual members, as well as corporations and partners to obtain components for the kits and keep the project going.
Our mission is to bring affordable, clean and sustainable lighting solutions to low-income households so that children and adults can forever extinguish diesel oil lamps, improve their health and preserve the environment for many generations to come.