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Mr. Illac Angelo Diaz

Founder and Executive Director

Liter of Light

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Liter of Light

11th Flr. Insular Life Building Ayala avenue cor. Paseo de Roxas

Makati City, Metro Manila


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Background Information

Employment History

Graduate Student



Executive Director
Shelter Foundation

Litre of Light Foundation

Board Member
The Plastic Bank

Light and My Shelter Foundation

Masons Fellow
The Harvard Kennedy Schooland

Humphrey Fellow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology




Masters Degree

Public Administration

Harvard Kennedy School

Masters Degree

Social Entrepreneurship

Asian Institute of Management

Masters Degree

Urban Studies and Planning

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Yale Club of San Francisco - Asia Society Event - Resilience by Design: Post-Disaster Innovations from Asia [cached]

Illac Diaz, Founder, Liter of Light and My Shelter Foundation

You will personally interact with Illac Diaz, who is responsible for developing and distributing this disruptive technology across the world.

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Congratulations to Liter of Light Founder and Executive Director Illac Diaz, who picked up this prestigious award on January 19, 2016 in Tehran, Iran.

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The Philippine Roadtrip, Mr. Illac Diaz of Liter of Light and Mr. Doy Bondoc of Philippine Volkswagen teamed up as we launch the Philippine Roadtrip Website!? #?LightUpPH??#?ThePhilippineRoadtrip??#?BeTheLight?...

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Illac Diaz, Founder of Liter of Light poses by the solar bottle light at The Pepsi x Liter Of Light "Ignite The Light" Tour at PMQ, Central on March 15, 2015 in Hong Kong

Illac Diaz, Founder of Liter of Light poses by the solar bottle light at The Pepsi x Liter Of Light "Ignite The Light" Tour at PMQ, Central on March 15, 2015 in Hong Kong
"Light is not only a great need, but also a great inspiration, for so many," said Illac Diaz, Liter of Light Founder.

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Illac Diaz is the founder of MyShelter Foundation, which seeks to provide affordable and sustainable building solutions for low-income communities. (Photo: courtesy of Liter of Light USA)

DIAZ: My name is Illac Diaz, and I'm the Executive Director of Liter of Light Global Movement to open source technologies for solar.
DIAZ: And one of the things that's most available anywhere in the world was a discarded plastic bottle.
PALMER: Illac Diaz is a specialist in disaster rehabilitation - helping developing countries recover from floods and storms, and he had plenty of opportunity in his home country, the Philippines - which suffered the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
An installed Liter of Light kit glows in an otherwise dark home. (Photo: courtesy of Liter of Light USA)
DIAZ: Since 2013 is when the storms are becoming so powerful that instead of slowing down before hitting the archipelago, they actually go straight through, so Haiyan was really an indicator of things to come, where climate change is on us in a very strong way and we're in front lines.
PALMER: That typhoon flattened over 14 million houses. Aid arrived within 72 hours and included bottles of water that piled up empty behind refugee centers. So Diaz set the many refugees to filling up those plastic bottles with mud, drying them in the sun to use for bricks to build schools. But those mud filled bottles made the schools dark.
DIAZ: One of the big problems with that was really you could not get any flat glass so we'd fill bottles with water and so for bricks fill it with mud, stuck it on top of each other, then in between every one meter fill one with water and this would allow a really beautiful light to envelop the whole school.
PALMER: So those were the first water bottles to bring light inside buildings, but Diaz saw he could use the same technique to light the inside of shacks in cities like Manila where houses are so jam packed together, it's dark inside. It's another simple idea - a bottle poking up through the roof to let in the sunlight that could create a business.
Founder Illac Diaz collects plastic bottles that will later be installed in roofs in energy-poor countries and regions hit by weather disasters. (Photo: courtesy of Liter of Light USA)
DIAZ: And we would have somebody who would collect bottles. He would buy a little piece of tin and glue and stick it. When he installs it, he starts saving that family or that household $8 to $10 worth of electricity a month.
DIAZ: No, so we would have a metal sheet like a 12 by 12 metal sheet and we would have a bottle in the middle, and we would have people that we would teach how to do it properly, and what kind of glue to make - of course, all of it local - and in a year we would train about 50 of them.
PALMER: This simple invention has transformed the lives of these slum dwellers, but Diaz says that's not the half of it.
DIAZ: You would open the top, then stick in an LED light inside. So you'd see a bottle with a small one watt solar panel - and with an LED sticking inside - and a switch so even with at one watt at night it would be bright enough for ambient light.
PALMER: Not bright enough to read by, but bright enough so you don't trip over family members in the house at night. Women were excited by the new lights, and Diaz trained them to assemble the simple circuits that make them work. But many of the women also run small stores and there was a problem with street crime. So they thought brighter lights might make a difference. And the next idea was streetlights, powered by a four watt solar panel, or a motorcycle battery.
Diaz and children hold constructed light kits. (Photo: courtesy of Liter of Light USA)
DIAZ: And so what we did was we started same thing, but instead of just putting it in circuits for house, we would use the same on and off switch to put in PVC pipes, and then we would have this soldering machine by the sun where we would have a battery and women would be able to solder street lights. And so, PVCs are all over the place, quick to find, you can put them on a bamboo pole, and the plastic bottle, we would put the LEDs inside, and we would attach them not along the streets but along small stores of women. Each woman would have a store, and we would put the lights right in front, you know if it breaks in three years, she would have a little bit of money from us to repair. So that became our business model.
PALMER: Now, you've brought one of them along with you. So, can we have a look at it?
DIAZ: I can bring it over.
PALMER: OK. So to describe it. There's the plastic bottle on the end of one piece of PVC pipe, which is at right angles to a vertical piece and on top of the vertical piece is the solar panels.
DIAZ: And then of course the circuit of turning on and off, there's a box and a battery, this on and off switch. So this one is built by the women.
Illac Diaz shows former Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry how a plastic bottle can be recycled to provide light. (Photo: courtesy of Liter of Light USA)
Just this year, Diaz says, they've installed over 6,000 of these lights worldwide - in Pakistan, in Colombia, in Kenya, in Bangladesh. Liter of Light USA has just launched, appropriately enough at the Thomas Edison museum, and Diaz says they're teaching children in New Jersey to make the circuits to send to developing countries. That way children in the US they can learn about energy poverty - and have a useful skill for the next time a Hurricane Sandy puts all of us in the dark.
DIAZ: The next generation is to start moving really in a technology of the people, preparing children, preparing people to know how to build these kinds of things, the do-it-yourself streetlights. That's what Liter of Light is, to go into schools where children and parents find it relevant for the children to be able to know how to build their own streetlights and house lights. We've had experiences for those that we've taught, when they do travel they take our kits with them and then they see somebody who lives in darkness. And it's something that the children they can build it and donate it - and so they become our missionaries, they become our ambassadors of light. And so this is the way we feel the revolution of solving energy poverty is not by asking people to buy our products, but it's only by multiplying ourselves, by sharing the technology, by getting more people involved that we will be able to solve this.
PALMER: That's Illac Diaz of Liter of Light. And, Steve, he gave me one of the LED kits the school kids are building here.

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