MIT Public Service Center

Micro-franchise pilot in Tanzania with d.light

d.light design and Power Control Ltd.
Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
www.dlightdesign.com

Background

d.light design is an international consumer products company providing high quality solutions for people without access to reliable electricity. Our mission is to create new freedoms for customers without access to reliable power so they can enjoy a brighter future by replacing every kerosene lantern with clean, safe, and bright light. We will begin by replacing every kerosene lantern with clean, safe and bright light. By 2020, we aim to have improved the lives of 100 million individuals.

d.light is financed by prestigious venture capital firms including Nexus Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Garage Technology Ventures, the Mahindra Group; with investment from leading social enterprise funds Omidyar Network, Acumen Fund and Gray Matters Capital. We were recently awarded the Ashden Award for Sustainability and named as one of the world's top 100 clean technology enterprises by the CleanTech Group.

To learn more, please visit www.dlightdesign.com

The Challenge

Through this position d.light hopes to link passionate and talented professionals with one of the world's leading social enterprises bringing light and opportunity to millions of base of the pyramid families. Over the course of three to six months, d.light Intern will be mentored by a member of the d.light management team, collaborate with our multinational team, gain valuable insight into the operations of a successful social enterprise, and help improve millions of lives.

As a company that strives for excellence and innovation, d.light is committed to providing our Interns with a uniquely invigorating, challenging, and life-changing experience.

In Tanzania, d.light is working with a leading global NGO to develop a micro-franchising model leveraging their network of village savings and loan associations. This fellow will be responsible for the design, launch and implementation of this pilot, manage the impact and process evaluation, and define the strategy for national scale-up. This pilot will increase income for 20 people at least and create a market in this area for the sale of solar powered lanterns.

Position Description

Qualifications, Preferences, and Assets

We are seeking talented professionals from anywhere in the world who are passionate about d.light's mission. You should have at least a bachelor's degree (graduate degree preferred) and a minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience in a related field. You should be committed full-time to your responsibilities during the program term, and be willing and able to live in the field location.

The ideal candidate will also thrive in a fast-paced, innovative work environment; have experience working in a multicultural team; be bilingual or multi-lingual; and enjoy new cultures and environments.

Time constraints

Ideally the position would start in early May and run for 3-6 months. This is negotiable.

Contact

Kate Montgomery, Director of Global Partnerships
+1 609 947 0781
Kate.montgomery@dlightdesign.com

PSC Support

d.light has some internal funding for this position but MIT students may apply for additional support from the Public Service Center's Grants program. You will first need to contact the community partner to develop your plans.

If you want to volunteer or you have funding from outside the PSC that enables you to work on this project, that's great! However, please do let us know if you work on a project you saw advertised here, even if you don't use our funds. And remember, the PSC staff are happy to advise on service projects even if we are not funding them ourselves.