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Durbin and MPOWERD Inc. sign global deal to distribute solar lights for humanitarian aid

19 May 2015

Durbin announced today that they have signed a 5-year distribution deal with MPOWERD Inc., the maker of Luci inflatable solar lights, and will begin to market the product throughout their vast network of charitable clients in 180 countries. The company projects that millions of units will be distributed over the course of the contract.

MPOWERD’s inflatable solar light is ideal for use in the developing world and in emergency relief situations as a safe and sustainable successor to the kerosene lamp. Luci lights decrease fuel costs and eliminate the risk of fire in tents and temporary shelters. In communities already using the lights on a longer term basis, benefits also include improving safety, reducing indoor pollution, and allowing children and parents to study or work after sunset.

MPOWERD and Durbin are both socially-conscious companies that work across developed and developing markets and share a philosophy on the role business can play in improving global human conditions.

Leslie Morgan OBE DL, Durbin’s CEO, commented, “Working with MPOWERD is very exciting for Durbin. It extends our offering to international charities and relief agencies – but most importantly, it allows us to bring the benefits of Luci lights to more people across the world. MPOWERD’s lights provide a substantial step forward in emergency and mobile lighting and we are pleased to be part of their growth.

It is just common sense that a compact, inflatable solar-powered light is superior to a heavy kerosene lamp with all of its inherent risks of fire and smoke inhalation, in addition to the difficulty in transportation.”

MPOWERD, based in New York, leverages its high volume retail sales to drive down unit costs and offer lower price points to energy-challenged populations. The young company is exponentially growing – already in 15 of the top 20 outdoor industry stores, supermarket chains like Wegman’s, and retail giants like Best Buy, Lowe’s and Amazon.

“Our company has always sought to do good by doing well,” says Scott Kling, President & CEO of MPOWERD. “While Luci lights are becoming wildly popular with U.S. consumers – and abroad in now 80 countries – our product is also designed to serve as a solution for the billions living without electricity. We often take for granted access to light – but it has tremendous implications across education, economics, safety and health.”

“We are delighted to partner with Durbin,” says John Salzinger, Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer. “They are a distinguished leader in global aid that shares our commitment to addressing challenges in both developed and developing countries. Our partnership supports the idea that corporate growth and social progress can and should be aligned – and that the two can actually thrive off one another.”

About MPOWERD

As a socially conscious, award-winning consumer products company, MPOWERD Inc. develops and manufactures game-changing personal clean energy products for use by people living and playing on and off the grid. MPOWERD is a Certified B Corp committed to transforming people’s lives and protecting the planet by making its products available and accessible the world over. www.mpowerd.com

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