I was intrigued when the original Luci light flickered onto the retail scene several years ago, so I picked one up to take along on family hikes and boating trips. An inflatable, solar powered light – from a company committed to bringing solar light to people in developing countries around the world? Yes, please!

I must confess, I expected the little light to be more of a novelty to teach my kids about solar power than a piece of highly functional gear. I was completely wrong. It IS a novelty, yes, and darn cute to boot. But I can’t begin to count the uses my family and I have found for it. It hangs easily, offers multiple settings from dim to bright to blinking, and it will light an evening’s worth of activities after just a few hours in the sun. It is legit form and function in an ingenious and intuitive blend.

The Goodness

We at Generous Goods love the mission-driven giving model MPOWERD follows. The company reinvests a majority of their gross revenues to achieve sustainability, grow their reach, and ensure the fulfillment of their mission. When you buy one of their clever, clean solar light products, you help them provide the same products to individuals and communities in developing countries, either as a donation or at a dramatically reduced price.

A little light goes a long way. With over 3 billion people living without access to clean, reliable, or affordable energy, everyday tasks are made more difficult (and dangerous) than they should be. Access to clean energy can improve health, create education equality, and economic empowerment, all the while combating climate change – MPOWERD

MPOWERD also offers a “Give Luci” light ($10) that web customers can add to their carts to make an additional contribution to the mission. Through this program, they have given lights to over 3 million people in 100 countries. That’s a lot of goodness.

More Light to Love

MPOWERD has upgraded their pioneer product (now selling as the Luci Outdoor 2.0), and the new version is even longer lasting (24 hours on a single charge) and more durable. They’ve also expanded their line to include inflatable “candles” that flicker, colored lights that suit any mood, and sweet string lights that bring a portable party. They also just released a task light with a flexible, adjustable arm. We can’t wait to see what’s next from this generous brand. -LB

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