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MIT ingenuity brings rural communities to light [Video]

MyShelter Foundation’s sustainable lighting project turns pop bottles into chandeliers

October 19, 2011  by Matt Powell

CEBU, PH—Who knew a simple plastic bottle could bring light to hundreds without the luxury of electricity in the rural communities of the Philipines.

Through Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), MyShelter Foundation’s latest venture, hundreds of homes in poor Philipino communities are being shown the light through a simple pop bottle lighting technology developed by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The project is a sustainable lighting project aiming to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to under-privileged communities nationwide.

The Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.


MyShelter Foundation creates systems of sustainability and reliability through its capability-building and employment-generating projects, specifically in the Philipines.

Check out the video below to see how these bottles are made and how they’re changing the lives of people in need.

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