The Little Sun project was officially launched in July 2012 at Londons Tate Modern and currently has distribution in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Senegal, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, as well as the EU, the US and Japan. The popularity of Little Sun lies not just in the global south, but all over the world.
This means Little Sun has been able to develop a unique social business model that uses the revenue from the higher on-grid sales prices of lamps to invest in the sustainable distribution of lamps in off-grid communities. Thus Little Sun is able to help create off-grid jobs and support off-grid entrepreneurs, generating local profits.
Projects with on-grid partners such as art institutions, international agencies, NGOs, and private sector partners are used to raise global awareness of energy access and solar power, to reduce off-grid prices even further, and when necessary, to raise funds for lamps to be supplied free-of-charge to people outside the reach of markets.