Did you know…
1,300,000,000 people worldwide lack access to electricity, many use candlelight and kerosene to light their homes.
1,000,000 people are killed each year due to kerosene fires.
An estimated 1.3 billion people globally rely on kerosene lamps as their main light source. The clear, flammable liquid is no friend to homes: In addition to the danger of accidental consumption and fires, kerosene emits black carbon—a gas that can be as toxic as cigarette smoke. (Studies estimate living with a kerosene lamp is equivalent to a two-pack-a-day smoking habit.) Vail native Steve Katsaros wasn’t aware of any of this when he (literally) dreamed up the solar-powered Nokero light bulb in 2010; he just had a knack for inventing during his REM cycles. Nevertheless, his creative quirk has vastly improved conditions for the world’s 500 million kerosene-reliant homes. When placed in sunlight, the bulbs charge enough to provide four to nine hours of light.
Today, Nokero (short for “no kerosene”) has sold nearly 1 million solar light bulbs that typically last more than three years—in developing countries. Families who once spent up to 25 percent of their income on kerosene now save about $60 a year. “They can invest that extra money in agriculture, education, preventive health care, or clean water,” says the third-generation Coloradan. Next, Katsaros hopes to develop longer-lasting off-the-grid power products to help the world’s poorest populations. First he just needs a few good nights of sleep. —Jerilyn Forsythe 5280 Magazine
That is why we at the Difference Maker Movement have partnered with Steve and his team at Nokero to “Light the Way” with a buy one give one campaign. Through our program you can buy a great light for yourself, while donating one to a family in need in regions such as Uganda, Rwanda, and other 3rd world countries. Click here to get your own Nokero light and give one to someone in need. At check out, if you use the coupon code: Difference10 you will also receive a 10% discount.