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Safe, Sustainable Solar for All

WakaWaka (“shine bright” in Swahili) is an award-winning social enterprise in the business of empowering lives. We create premium solar products, for all markets. Our goal is to provide universal access to the abundant energy of the sun. We help people everywhere plug into the sun. For power and for light. In an emergency or for play. In the middle of the city or way off the beaten path. Which means you will never need another battery, candle or kerosene lamp. Because, you know … the sun will come out tomorrow and the day after and the day after …

Share the sun: buy a WakaWaka and you share the sun with people living without access to electricity.

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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 people 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 family? 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.

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Helping to improve lives

users and their stories


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 on dry cells and the money is used for acquiring other needs in the home.”

During the day Kojoki does work around the house. She washes clothes, but she never had the time to iron the clothes during the day. It was very difficult to do that in the evening. With the WakaWaka she can iron the clothes in the evening. This saves her much time to do other things during the day.

Epserance, Rwanda.

Using light to improve health in communities

Esperance is a potato farmer in Rwanda and besides that she works as a community health worker. In this way she can assist in a healthy future for community members.

“As a community health worker, it was not easy to see my operations, but now I can see clearly without any problem.”

As a community worker Esperance assists with births, pregnancies, and general health care service in the community. In the evenings it was always difficult to do operations carefully. With the WakaWaka Esperance is able to perform her job in the evening and save money on kerosene and candles.

Salaam (9), Syrie

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 finally 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’s father started to refurbish an old barn that is situated next to their tent. The WakaWaka light enables him to work in the barn in the evening.

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Survivors of catastrophic earthquakes in Nepal, Haiti and the Philippines; families displaced by war and strife; and many many others are able to tap into the power of the sun for light and power through the exact same WakaWaka design and quality. In the past three years, WakaWaka has helped improve the lives of more than 1,000,000 people lacking access to electricity. This data is tracked on our impact map that includes summaries, photos, and video. The map currently highlights over 250,000 WakaWakas that have been distributed or donated to more than 275 partners and projects in developing countries, crisis situations or humanitarian disaster zones.

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