In the slums of Manila one man’s simple idea is bringing light into the dark lives of thousands of poor residents. His bright idea has become so popular that the local prison has even set up a production line.
In makeshift houses that are mainly windowless, Illac Diaz pokes a plastic bottle filled with water through a specially cut hole in the roof, gathering natural light from outside and refracting it into the darkened rooms below. “It changes the whole dynamics of the family.” And now Diaz is building whole schools, houses and clinics from recycled bottles. “We cannot wait for people to come and help us. This is a revolution from the bottom up.”