Let There d.light: How One Social Enterprise Brought Solar Products to 100 Million People
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In 2004, in a village in Benin, West Africa, an eleven-year-old boy was badly burned in a kerosene accident. Peace Corps volunteer Sam Goldman, who lived near the boy's family, was horrified. Kerosene lanterns were dim, dangerous, and expensive sources of light. How was it possible that, in the twenty-first century, 1.6 billion people still did not have access to electricity? Sam's search for a solution drove him to business school at Stanford University, where he met Ned Tozun, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and three engineers. Their class project became d.light, a for-profit social enterprise that has provided quality, affordable solar solutions to 100 million off-grid people around the world. Let There d.light traces the unlikely, unpredictable journey to build one of the world's most successful social enterprises. This is an in-depth case study with invaluable business learnings, as well as an adventurous story of risk, near misses, and the occasional miracle. This unflinchingly honest account of the d.light team's failures and successes will fundamentally shift the conversation about whether socially minded businesses can work-to how they can transform the world."A unique book about a unique company that is changing the world. Let there be d.light." - Seth Godin, author of This Is Marketing"... a story that truly matters." - Michael Chu, Harvard Business School, and co-founder, IGNIA Partners LLC"A great read, this is the adventure of a couple of special young guys whose experience as entrepreneurs provides hope for a better world." - Russell Sturm, global lead for energy access, IFC"If you are intrigued by the potential of for-profit social entrepreneurship and you enjoy a roller-coaster ride, read this book!" - James Patell, Herbert Hoover professor of public and private management, emeritus, & co-founder of the Design for Extreme Affordability program, Stanford University"Let There d.light is a great book about the journey of exceptional people building an exemplary and impactful social business-with a bit of luck, but mostly with massive passion, perseverance and sweat." - Koen Peters, executive director, GOGLA
July 18, 2020
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About the Author
Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is a writer and leader whose work with various nonprofits, social enterprises, and faith-based organizations has given her opportunity to engage with a broad range of social issues toward solutions in the areas of homelessness, affordable housing, energy access, youth leadership, HIV/AIDS, and international development. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her social entrepreneur husband and two young sons.
Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen. She has been named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, one of the 25 Smartest People of the Decade by the Daily Beast, and one of the World's 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes, which also honored her with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In addition to Acumen, she is a sought after speaker and sits on a number of philanthropic boards. She lives in New York with her husband.