Headshot Photo of Ben Hirschfeld
2013 Award Recipient


Project Lit! Solar

Location Hastings-On-Hudson, NY

Issue Area Climate Justice/Environment | Poverty

One year during Shavuot, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the Torah and its study, Ben learned that students in the developing world often study by the light of kerosene lamps, which puts them at risk for burns, asthma, pneumonia, and breathing in toxic carcinogens. This understanding inspired Ben to create Lit! Solar, a revolving micro-finance fund that helps families replace their dangerous kerosene lamps with safe, emission-free solar lanterns.

Lit! Solar has worked directly with youth to produce a solution that works best for them, providing the benefits of solar lanterns to more than 10,000 people. This effort has prevented thousands of tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.

Each healthier, better educated child can help innumerable others.

Ben Hirschfield
“It is never too late, too early, or too often TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
Helen Diller