Share the sun
We believe in safe, sustainable, solar for all.
For light and connectivity, for daily use or as backup, in the middle of the city or way off the beaten path. Access to power is a basic necessity in everybody’s life. We create safe, sustainable, iconic products, generate shared benefits by using disruptive business models and inspire purpose and action in everyone we meet. We are WakaWaka.
This is why
Because there are more than a billion people living worldwide without access to electricity and there are more than a billion of people that can do something about it. Once the sun goes down, there are families that are forced to live, eat, study and work in pitch dark. They also can’t charge mobile phones or other devices. Need to call a doctor? Not possible. Stay in touch with relatives? Can’t. It’s disorienting and uncomfortable. And sometimes it’s life and death. The alternative for light for living off-grid are kerosene and candles. Problem is, indoor pollution from kerosene fuel kills more people than AIDS and Malaria combined. And every day thousands are burned and disfigured by kerosene fire.
stories of hope and change
No torches for my family anymore
Kojoki lives in Elegu, a town in the Northern Region in Uganda.
“Before I received this solar lamp I was using a torch that uses disposable dry cells after the power has gone off. The solar has reduced my expenditures and the money is used for acquiring other needs in the home.”
Kojoki Agnes (22), Uganda
Using light to improve health in communities
Esperance is a potato farmer in Rwanda. She also works as a community health worker to assist in a healthy future for community members.
“As a community health worker, it was not easy to assist with births and pregnancies after the sun has gone down. But with my WakaWaka I can perform my work in the evenings carefully.”
Hoping for peace
Salaam (meaning peace) and her family have fled the brutal conflicts in Syria to look for peace and happiness in Jordan. For four months they moved places in Syria, but eventually the war forced them to move to a refugee camp in Jordan.
“The WakaWaka lamp provides us with light for free. I recharge the lamp every day by putting it right into the sunlight.”
Salaam (9), Syria
Survivors of catastrophic earthquakes in Nepal, Haiti and the Philippines, families displaced by war and strife and many others, including people living without access to electricity every single day, are able to tab into the energy of the sun for light and power through the exact same WakaWaka design and quality. With the help of several partners we have distributed over 270 thousand WakaWakas in off-grid area's. Our Impactmap includes summaries, photos ad videos of the different locations and projects where our WakaWakas are fulfilling the basic necessity of power in more then 1,2 million people's daily lives.