What makes us unique
A unique business model: trading for a cause
Lifeline Technologies is a for-profit social enterprise, majority-owned by the non-profit Lifeline Energy. Lifeline Technologies’ hybrid social business model means its profits accrue to Lifeline Energy, in support of their work.
We work only in the humanitarian sector
Our products are developed for the humanitarian sector. They are not sold to consumers via websites or to retailers. Our partner Lifeline Energy’s extensive grassroots networks and field experience is crucial in informing product design. Our products are robustly engineered to function in hot, humid or dusty conditions and remote locations.
We have a deep understanding of radio and energy poverty
We have more than 17 years of field research into the use of radio and the challenges faced by people due to energy poverty. This gives us a deep understanding of how our products are used, and in how to best maximise their impact. No other organisation does what we do, or has Lifeline’s track record in the humanitarian sector.
Unparalleled track record of delivery
Through our close partnership with Lifeline Energy, we have a proven track record in logistics, distribution and implementation of projects. With more than 17 years’ experience in project implementation, Lifeline Energy’s know-how gives us a unique insight into how best to design and distribute products for maximum impact in the communities we serve.
Our mission aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
We contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which followed the millennium development goals. Our products answer the challenges of providing universal education, and issues surrounding energy poverty, health, agriculture and food security. We are a registered supplier to the US Government, enjoy a long-term arrangement with the United Nations, and are a regular supplier to UNICEF.
How our products support your communications projects
- Children access high-quality educational lessons on a solar media player, which can be played again and again
- Teachers record radio programs, songs, stories and their pupils’ voices
- Mothers learn about how best to keep their babies healthy, in supportive listening groups who regularly gather
- Farmers learn about increasing yields, reducing pesticide use and gain market price knowledge
- Families displaced by disaster hear the news on what to do in an emergency
- Refugee children are comforted by programs in their own language