El Porvenir





About El Porvenir

The village of El Porvenir is located 60 miles from the nearest town with electricity down rough dirt roads. The people are members of the Kekchi indigenous group and speak a unique language that traces its roots to the ancient Mayans. Most of the village earns their living farming the spice cardamom. Despite their hard work, they are forced to use candles to light their lives because they do not have access to electricity.


In 2017, Global BrightLight partnered with Makers4Good to bring light and hope to the people of El Porvenir. Proceeds from Makers4Good’s HELIO Kickstarter campaign funded the distribution of 50 solar lanterns in El Porvenir that were distributed by our local partner Amigos de la Aldea. The people of El Porvenir will be forever grateful for the kindness and generosity of everyone who supported the HELIO campaign! Learn more about Makers4Good’s philanthropic efforts.

Voice of the Village

‚ÄúThese solar lamps save me a lot of money that I used to spend on candles. Even on cloudy days the lamps can be charged and once charged they last up to 4 days. I am very happy that our community was able to benefit from this project. I thank you for coming all this way to our remote village. We are so far away that many organizations would not come this far to help us.”


– Hermelindo, Resident of El Porvenir

Project Scope

50 Families = 250 People


solar lanterns deployed

165 watts


100% of people

in El Porvenir now with light and cell phone charging


$10 Monthly Savings

per family on cell phone charging

$15 Monthly Savings

per family on candles, kerosene, and batteries

Lifetime savings per family


Lifetime savings total in El Porvenir



1,800 Hours = 75 days

additional study time per family

90,000 Hours = 3,750 days

total additional study time per year in El Porvenir

Health and Safety


Of Families

feel safer with solar lanterns


Of Families

report better air quality


4.4 Tonnes

of CO2 saved

A special thank you to Makers4Good and backers of the HELIO campaign on Kickstarter!