Energy Access in Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation


There are more than 65 million displaced people on Earth today – more than any time in History. This means 20 people are driven from their home every minute. Whether this is due to an armed conflict of a natural disaster, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in immediate need of water, food and shelter. Without rapid deployment of the necessary medical supply, their health is at risk. And after dusk, displaced communities are mostly plunged in the dark, without protection.


Without in-house expertise in energy access, humanitarian organizations often rely on outdated energy solutions, which are expensive, low-quality, and not adapted to emergency settings. Thanks to Little Sun’s unique business model and in line with our mission, we are able to sell high-quality products merely at our cost to company to qualified humanitarian aid and development organizations.

“With light, people have the opportunities and freedoms that are lost when the sun goes down.”
– Paul McCallion UNHCR

Technical specifications

Product NameLittle Sun OriginalLittle Sun ChargeLittle Sun Diamond
Product TypeSolar lampSolar mobile phone charger and lampSolar lamp
Full Technical Specifications[Link to pdf][Link to pdf][Link to pdf]
Charging time in direct sunlight5 hours5-7,5 hours5 hours
Lighting Duration4 to 50 hours14 – 45 – 150 hours5 hours
Light Output8 to 29 lumen8 – 25 – 75 lumen29 lumen
Battery typeLiFePO4
Battery size400mAh4400mAh300mAh
Battery lifespan5 years
Phone charging capacityN/A1 full smartphone per dayN/A
Solar panel typeMonocrystalline panel from highly efficient SunPower solar cells
Solar panel size0,5W2,5W0,5W
DurabilityUV, impact, weather and dust resistant
Warranty2 years
QualityComplies with the World Bank’s Lighting Global Quality Standards
World Bank’s Lighting Global Certification[Link to pdf][Link to pdf][Link to pdf]



Little Sun OriginalLittle Sun DiamondLittle Sun Charge
Unit price7$7$28$
Minimum Order Quantity – 1 PalletSea Freight2.304 units / 16.128$2.880 units / 20.160$576 units / 16.128$
Air Freight1.728 units / 12.096$2.160 units / 15.120$432 units / 12.096$

NB: These prices only apply to qualified organizations implementing humanitarian aid and develop projects! Shipment from Hamburg, Germany, is not included and varies depending on country of destination and type of freight. These prices are for planning and procurement purposes only and do not constitute official quotes. To request a specific quote, please use the contact details below. You can find some quotes here by way of example.



Little Sun provides swift logistical support to humanitarian organizations, from invoicing to custom inspection documentation, to door-to-door delivery. We usually work with a global shipping company and can ensure very competitive shipping rates.

Specifically designed with a high-density packing ratio, our lightweight products are perfect for rapid deployment by air shipment into difficult-to-access terrain.


Packing quantities
Air freightSea freight
CartonPalletCartonPallet20’ Container
LS Original721.728722.30428.513
LS Charger18432185766.912
LS Diamond902.160902.88034.560



Packing dimensions
CartonPallet / air freightPallet / sea freight
LS OriginalSize52x39x24cm120x80x160cm120x80x208cm
LS ChargeSize59,20×36,60×23,40cm120x80x204cm120x80x208cm
LS DiamondSize59,5x38x22,5cm120x80x160cm120x80x208cm

« The most important item I have received in this distribution is the solar light because I have a small child who needs to be taken care of at night. »
Nyadhial, beneficiary of an hygiene kit from Oxfam, South Sudan, 2015


Little Sun has become the light of choice in the humanitarian sector. Our high-quality solar products are increasingly successful with refugees, IDPs and host communities in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Niger, Rwanda, Nepal and Greece among others – as a source of reliable light and energy and as a source of pride, happiness and empowerment.

Access to a personal, portable light reduces violence against women at night in refugee camps. Solar lights are also safer and healthier than open flame lamps. They enhance children’s education by extending hours of study, and they save households money, which they can spend elsewhere.

Access to affordable and clean energy is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 7), and humanitarian and development practitioners increasingly recognise its transversal impact on Education (SDG 4), Health (SDG 3), Fight against Poverty (SDG 1) and Climate Change (SDG 13). (Read more on this in SE4All’s report: “Why Wait? Seizing the Energy Access Dividend”)

Put solar lighting in camps, for example, and you help ensure the safety of women refugees, while also benefiting their children, as they have more time for their studies. It’s in our interest at UNHCR to be eco-friendly, and it’s through new partnerships with the private sector that we hope to scale up good practices.
– Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 2012