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About Us

Promoting Independence through Interdependence-Community Unity through Individual Opportunity-Security in Self-Sufficiency. Pilot Light supports sustainable, income generating projects in Africa. We strive to create a solid foundation for future generations to build upon. When individuals can support themselves, they can establish a sustainable and thriving community for generations to come, lasting self-sufficiency, secure interdependent communities, and self-determination are all that we hope for our future. We build resiliency by working on the relationship between the individual and the community. The idea of the pilot light is that it will light a small spark that can grow into a larger fire that burns on its own, after we are gone. Pilot Light is proud that 100% of donations will be used directly for funding these projects and is a 501(C) (3).

Support projects that promote economic self-sufficiency.

Our programs provide the tools and skills that enable people to better support themselves, their family and their communities.

Work With Local, Grassroots Partners

Local involvement provides insight to tough problems and ensures partnerships through all stage of implementation.

In-person Verification of Projects

We travel regularly to our projects to ensure fiscal verification and efficiency.

Our Work


Light a Spark!

Founder's Blog

Transparency and inspiration through the touching field-stories, photos and live-news from abroad. Pilot Light Foundation’s Executive Director and Founder Carol Levy keeps you updated and shares her personal experiences through her engaging daily blog during her travels to visit Pilot Light projects.

  • 6/12/14

    For the past three years, Pilot Light has had a project that we call the Market Cooperative, which is a group of ladies who work in the market in Kigali,

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  • Africa Trip 2013 Day 1

    11 Jan 2013 0

    1/11/13

    Today I am taking off on my annual trip to Africa to visit PLF projects, past, present and future. I will be blogging every day, internet connection permitting, so if

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  • 6/7/14

    Today was wow! The rain stopped and the area where the four new Batwa groups live is spectacularly beautiful.
    They are in the beginning stages of the project, as we have

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Our Partners

We work with local partner organizations throughout Africa to curate projects and programs, provide funding, and support our beneficiaries through direct oversight and decades of regional expertise. Learn more about our valued partners here!